Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WEDNESDAY WORD OF WISDOM. Art Provided By Jacob Lawrence

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber





Like so many other African Americans, my family was a part of the U.S. population movement known as The Great Migration.   In 1916 my maternal grandfather and his older brother were teenagers. Those two young people hopped a train in Arkansas and bummed their way to Detroit.  On the paternal side, my  grandmother moved with her husband and children from Alabama to find work in the auto factories.  I am a direct result of their decision to move to an unfamiliar and different place.  I grew up in Detroit, but my ancestral roots are in the South.

The painter and educator Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) created a series of paintings that tell the stories of the men, women, and children who came North in search of a better quality of life for themselves and their families.  To see the pictures click on the link.


 http://www.columbia.edu/itc/history/odonnell/w1010/edit/migration/migration.html

Let Me Tell The Story blogpost on "The Man Who Was Almost A Man" by Richard Wright, a story about about a young man who leaves the South for the North.

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