Its impact on the economy and arts of the North
From about 1917 to 1970, approximately six million African Americans left the south and migrated to cities in the Midwest, Northeast and West. The impact of that movement on both the migrants and the cities that received them had repercussions for social life, as well as economic activity.
Although the North was called “the promised land,” as compared to the South, African American migrants encountered racism, which impacted their lives. Cities throughout the North created government policies to respond to the dramatic social change. Those policies manifested both overt and covert racism.
PebbleCreek’s Mary Thomas, a retired social worker from Wisconsin, has done extensive research on this subject. Beginning with the reasons African-Americans left the South, Thomas will cover the contributions the migrants made to the industrial economy and to culture and the arts.
TIME/DATE: Thursday, Feb. 13, 1-3 p.m.
LOCATION: LLL Center