Segregation and Discrimination

Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series, Panel No. 15


and Discrimination

African Americans lived with legalized discrimination in the South that impacted and threatened their daily lives. These conditions motivated the Great Migration for those seeking a better life in the North. When the migrants arrived in northern cities, they faced a new form of discrimination.

This section explores and compares the different forms of racism that African Americans encountered throughout the country. Examine how different artists responded to and portrayed systematic racism and then identify contemporary examples of social injustice.