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the great migration

We all started this year with an idea of what was the come, preparing for plans that were soon to set in motion and an expectation of what we, individually and as organizations, wanted to accomplished. Of course, several of those plans did not come to fruition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing conversations surrounding race and anti-racist efforts, and the realities these circumstances presented. While there has been immense tragedy, there has also…

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The Great Migration started just before the United States entered the first World War, and extended into the 1970s–but what part did Boston play in this massive movement of African Americans to the north? During the first half of the twentieth century, Boston’s small but vocal African American population began to expand—by 13.3% between 1910 and 1940 according to U.S. census data. Immigrants from the West Indies and migrants from the south and west, including…

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If you’ve read our recent blogpost detailing the timeline of the Great Migration, you know that the early twentieth century saw a massive amount of national relocation for African Americans in the south seeking greater opportunities. Step Afrika’s The Migration is an exploration and celebration of those who chose to migrate north. The Migration uses Jacob Lawrence’s visual art collection The Migration Series as a backdrop to their performances utilizing dances like South African Gumboot…

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The Great Migration was a exodus of around six million African Americans between 1915-1970 from the South to the North in an attempt to escape racist ideologies and practices, and to create new lives as American citizens. Dubbed one of the largest internal movements in the history of the United States, the Great Migration was driven by the duality of a post-slavery life in the U.S.: while no longer slaves, African Americans in the South…

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