Springfield residents will be recalling their memories of the Great Migration at a special event hosted by American International College. AIC, in conjunction with the Springfield Public Forum, will present "Telling Our Stories: Local Residents Recall the Great Migration," Thursday, October 17 at 7.30 p.m. in the Griswold Theater.
This evening of community debate and discussion, which is open to the public free of charge, will feature The Great Migration involved the migration of millions of African Americans from the South to the West, Mid-West, and North, including Springfield, and was one of the defining forces of the 20th Century, changing America forever.
Gary Jones, history professor at AIC and chair of the AIC Cultural Committee, said the purpose of the October 17th panel discussion and public debate, is to go beyond the causes and consequences, the scale and scope of the Great Migration. "The purpose is to understand the meaning of the migration for those who participated in and witnessesed it, as they, and indeed the rest of America, were permanently changed by it."
Among the panelists will be Ruth B. Loving, J.B. Bradley Sr., and Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali.
The event was organized with the support of the Pan African Historical Museum USA, and will be moderated by Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMASS, Amherst.
The event is in anticipation of Isabel Wilkersonís October 22 Symphony Hall lecture, "The Warmth of Other Suns: Journeys of the Great Migration," sponsored by Springfield Public Forum.