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.
Jacob Lawrence evokes a sense of the migrants’ hope on their journey north.Learn more about the catalysts for and realities of the Great Migration.
Life in the South was not easy for African Americans at the turn of the 20th century.Take a deep dive into understanding life in the South at the start of the migration.
After the migration, African Americans met a new slate of challenges when they arrived in northern cities.Learn more about the conditions they encountered, such as new forms of discrimination.