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The Great Migration: Reflections of the Past in Anticipation of the Future

  • 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
  • Presented By: Ann Arbor Concert Band
  • Dates: February 18, 2023
  • Location: Ann Arbor District Library (Westgate Branch
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Price: Free & Open to the public
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The Turner African American Services Council /African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County/ Ann Arbor District Library Presents- The Great Migration: Reflections of the Past in Anticipation of the Future

The Great Migration transformed America’s cultural landscape, impacting cities and towns across the nation, including Detroit and Washtenaw County. Participants will learn about the exodus of more than 6 million African Americans from the deep South to the North, Midwest, and West Coast between 1910-1970.

Attendees will view highlights of the Intergenerational Dialogue on the Great Migration, which captured the oral histories of local older adults whose families migrated from the South. These individuals shared their stories with local youth in the community in a series of recorded interviews. As a continuation, we will conduct an in-person dialogue with the roles reversed. This time the older adults will interview the youth members to see what they learned from the exercise.

The Great Migration: Millions Moved, featuring Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm at the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, 1528 Pontiac Trail in Ann Arbor, through March 26th. The exhibit and intergenerational interviews are a collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL), the AACHM, and the Turner African American Services Council (TAASC).