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HNP: Searching for the Promised Land: The Great Migration

Between 1915 and 1970 almost 7 million African Americans fled the U.S. South for northern and western cities and, in the process, transformed the country. Standard accounts pigeonhole the Great Migration into the American immigrant myth of searching for jobs and opportunity. However, the movement of Black migrants speaks to a much broader quest for freedom, even though calls for equality were answered with racial violence, redlined neighborhoods and inferior schools.

Following the routes and roadblocks of Black migrants, this talk by Davarian Baldwin, author and professor at Trinity College, will speak to the hopes and limits of the American Dream for us all, with special ties to Newton's history. Mr. Baldwin is author of, among others, Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life. Cosponsored by Historic Newton.

Programming on Comcast Ch. 9, RCN Ch. 13, Verizon Ch. 33

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