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Black History Month

Virtual Lecture | The Great Migration & Chicago: Building Landscapes of Hope & Aspiration

Saturday, February 27

With origins tied to the industrial boom of World War I, The Great Migration (1915–70) would see more than 500,000 hopeful African Americans migrate to Chicago from the American South in search of jobs, housing, and fuller measures of citizenship. This movement would amend Chicago’s built landscape and population demographics, yielding lasting sociocultural and economic changes.

Log on and join Dr. Christopher Reed, emeritus professor of history at Roosevelt University, as he shares perspectives on the importance and impact of the Great Migration on the development of Chicago’s Black Metropolis. Dr. Reed is a Chicago historian whose recent publications include The Rise of Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1920–1929 (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and Black Chicago’s First Century: 1833–1900 (University of Missouri Press, 2017).

$5; Free for members and Historical Alliance

Program runs about 1 hour; Zoom link provided after registration 

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A view of Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church at Wabash Ave. and 24th St., Chicago, June 1953. CHM, ICHi-007019; J. Sherwin Murphy, photographer
A photograph of a savings bank on a Saturday evening. Published in "The Negro in Chicago: A study of race relations and a race riot" by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations, pp. 112-13. ICHi-177150
Wendell Phillips High School, located at 39th St. & Prairie Ave., 52 percent Negro attendance. Published in "The Negro in Chicago: A study of race relations and a race riot" by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations, pp. 252-53. ICHi-177170
The South Side community service building located at 3201 S. Wabash Ave. Published in "The Negro in Chicago: A study of race relations and a race riot" by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations, pp. 150-51. ICHi-177161
   

The Details

Saturday

February

27 th

3:00 p.m.

Event

Admission

$ 5

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories
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