Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series features the story of African Americans who had departed the South to seek better lives in the North. The prospect of jobs and social mobility held the promise of escape from financial and social restraints, such as racism in the South.
The movement of nearly one million African Americans from approximately 1916 to 1930 became known as the Great Migration. Lawrence created 60 panels that visually portrays and expresses the mass movement of a people searching for a better life.
Explore Lawrence’s life, process, and influences, as well as a deep dive into The Migration Series by using the Prism.K12 strategies and resources through the sections below.
Jacob Lawrence grew up surrounded by the Harlem Renaissance.Learn more about Jacob Lawrence’s life and influences.
Jacob Lawrence portrays migrants leaving the rural South to escape injustice, discrimination, poverty, and segregation.Discover what life was like in the South and North that triggered the Great Migration.
African Americans encountered racism throughout the country during the Great Migration.Explore and compare the different forms of racism that they faced.
Jacob Lawrence drew inspiration from Old Master paintings as well as comic strips.Discover Lawrence’s influences and process in creating “The Migration Series”.
This section includes bonus classroom ideas, as well as additional books and websites.Delve into more resources and information about “The Migration Series.”