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