Jacob Lawrence and The Migration Series
Six Paintings. One Concept
The Great Migration took place in the United States, at the beginning of the 20th century. It was the exodus of more than 6 million of African Americans, from the southern states (with their segregationist culture) towards urban areas of the country where they could find better opportunities.
In New York, for example, the Harlem district turned into the epicenter of a social and cultural phenomena called Harlem Renaissance. There, the art that stood out was music, and jazz prevailed. In the sessions of the Cotton Club figures like Louis Amstrong, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald emerged.
The Great Migration was represented in 1940 and 1941, in a series of 60 panels of a powerful synthesis and expressive force, by Jacob Lawrence, one of the fundamental painters of that Renaissance.
You can also find more material using the search engine.