In Motion: The African American Migration Experience

In Motion: The African American Migration Experience is a website put together by the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture.  This site looks at the various migrations of African Americans throughout history – periods in time when large communities severed ties with their original homes and set out for somewhere new to start new lives and face new challenges.

African Americans have experienced 13 migrations, 11 of which were voluntary (those that weren’t voluntary were the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Domestic Slave Trade).  In Motion explores each of these migrations in depth, providing a basic overview of the migration itself, links to scholarly textual passages, images that reflect the time period in question, and a list of references for further study.  You can also look at a timeline that includes all thirteen migrations or, if you are a teacher (or are training to be one), you can check out the Educational Materials, which come complete with lesson plans.

This is a great resource to check out because it offers a different way of looking at American history and provides a unique perspective on the African American experience here in America.  If you’re interested in learning more or reading further about some of these migrations, we have a few books here in the library you might find helpful:

The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson | Call # E 185.6 .W685 2010

Making a Way Out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Migration
by Lisa Krisoff Boehm | Call # E 185.86 .B6325 2009

The Making of America: The Four Great Migrations
by Ira Berlin | Call # E 185 .B473 2010

The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America
by Nicholas Lemann | Call # E 185.6 .L36


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