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The Expansion of the Great Black Migration

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From the early 1900s – 1920s the Great Black Migration occurred. In addition, the Great Migration occurred in the early 1900s and ended shortly after the Great War. The Great Black Migration was a time where blacks left the south to seek a better lifestyle in the Midwestern, Northern, and Eastern states. Blacks fled the South to seek better jobs, escape racism and discrimination, and to look for better schooling for their children. The Great Black Migration mostly occurred in the states of Illinois, Missouri, New York, and California. During the Great Migration, more than 100,000 blacks migrated to Harlem, New York. In Chicago and New York City, blacks were empowered by black-owned businesses, newspapers, and communities. Newspaper clippings written by the likes of Ida B. Wells, Asa P. Randolph, Marcus Garvey, and W.E.B. Du Bois asked blacks to help themselves by establishing a culture within their communities. Other notable figures in black communities called out discriminate and violent acts against blacks to help bring awareness to Americans of what was happening across the nation. In all-black communities in New York City, the crusade for justice pushed blacks to participate in fine arts such as music, dance, writing, and painting. Participation in fine arts mostly helped literary writers during the Harlem Renaissance to express music and life experiences through their writing. Black musicians also helped in the expansion of the black cultural explosion in America. Famed artists such as Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker help lead new innovative ideas in creating music that helped blacks center on more positive things rather than focusing on being oppressed by whites. Before blacks migrated to other states there were push and ... ... middle of paper ... ...ted African Americans, set them back, and suppressed them from speaking out against hate crimes, which contrasted with the ideas of the SNCC, CORE, NAACP, and MIA non-violent organizations. Consequences were often taking out against blacks for their violent activist groups. Blacks were not granted the opportunity to have a good job due to whites were scared that blacks would retaliate if demands were not met. Blacks were furious, but some can say that it was caused upon themselves or that it was in effect due to the uprising of retaliations against white supremacy. Though there were not many rewards granted to blacks in the fight for equality during the Great Migration, but looking back at Anne Moody’s book and history, I can truly say that blacks defined an identity and established a culture within their communities in the northern and southern parts of America.
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