The Great Migration - 50 Years Later

From about 1917 to 1970, approximately 6 million African-Americans who rejected an exploitive economic system and the social restrictions and oppression of the Jim Crow regulations, migrated to cities in the Midwest, Northeast, and West.  The migrants sparked social and political change in the cities that received them and provided fuel to the Civil Rights Movement in the South as well as in their new homes in other parts of the United States.

PebbleCreek’s Mary Thomas, a retired social worker from Wisconsin, has done extensive research on the “The Great Migration,” and its impact on our country. Thomas, who led a presentation and discussion on this subject last year, continues the conversation on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m.  

“The Great Migration – 50 Years Later” will look at the efforts of Civil Rights activists in the north and south who created changes in law and policy that supported the expansion of the African-American middle class, along with the forces that have created concentrated poverty among poor African-Americans and lingering racism everywhere.

Examples of lingering racism will be presented as well as an examination of the consequences. 

Solutions for reducing poverty will also be presented.  

Thomas’ talk will be presented via Zoom. The lecture is free but registration is required and the class limit is 100. There will be time for a Q&A, which will be explained in an email that all registrants will receive.



DATE:  Thursday, Feb. 18

ZOOM Check In: 12:45 p.m.

CLASS Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

COST:  No charge

MAXIMUM: 100 - there will be a waitlist.

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