Carnegie Hall Migrations

The Great Migration - Searching for Freedom, Finding Injustice

April 10, 2019

As part of the city-wide Carnegie Hall event series, Migrations: The Making of America, the Brennan Center will host a wide-ranging conversation with a distinguished panel of experts on the legacy of the Great Migration. Scholars Marcia Chatelain and Keneshia Grant join the Brennan Center’s Theodore R. Johnson to discuss the mass movement of Southern blacks to Northern cities at the turn of the 20th century, and the ways in which this spurred seismic cultural, economic, and political changes that continue to reverberate today. How did this crucial period in American history shape the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s, as well as current efforts to advance voting rights and end mass incarceration? Moderated by journalist and author Mark Whitaker.

Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University; author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration
Keneshia Grant, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University; author of the forthcoming Relocation & Realignment: How the Great Migration Changed the Face of the Democratic Party
Theodore R. Johnson, Senior Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Mark Whitaker, author of Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance; former Editor of Newsweek; SVP of NBC News; Managing Editor of CNN Worldwide.

This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America festival.

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