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Great Migration



  • The Midwest has Always Been a Site of Black Political Activism

    by Ashley Howard

    Many Americans imagine the Midwest as a white space. But in both cities and towns, and even before the Great Migration, Black Midwesterners have organized and fought for political power, civil rights, and social respect. Contemporary protests are inheritors of this legacy. 


  • Should Black Northerners Move Back to the South?

    by Tanisha C. Ford

    Historian Tanisha C. Ford reviews Charles M. Blow's book, which advocates for a Reverse Great Migration to empower both Black Americans and progressive policies. She concludes it's an intriguing idea but oversimplifies the history of migration, disenfranchisement, and activism by Black southerners and their allies.



  • We Need a Second Great Migration

    by Charles M. Blow

    Times Columnist Charles Blow relocated from New York to Atlanta and says that American democracy would be healthier if younger African Americans migrated en masse to the South. 


  • A Tale of the Great Migration

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Blues for an Alabama Sky, a new play by Pearl Cleage, tells the story of a handful of those people. It is a deep, rich play in which their stories are carried out against the cultural backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance.