Migration and Community

Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series, Panel No. 3

Migration

and Community

This section examines the causes and catalysts that motivated one million African Americans to move from the South to the North. Jacob Lawrence evokes a sense of the migrants’ hope on their journey north and the realities of their new life in northern cities.

Delve into cross-curricula approaches to develop a deeper understanding of the Great Migration, empathize with the migrants’ experience, and explore Lawrence’s artistic approach to portraying this story.

Students can also learn how the lessons from the Great Migration apply to contemporary issues.