In telling the story of the Great Migration, Lawrence explored themes of beauty and struggle, opportunity and disparity, and freedom and injustice that have continued to fuel ongoing waves of migration worldwide. Hear a mix of contemporary voices across disciplines address the significance of The Migration Series then and now.
Contemporary Perspectives: Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Kinshasha Holman Conwill is Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She formerly served as Director of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Senior Policy Advisor for the Museums & Community Initiative of the American Alliance of Museums, and Project Director for the New York City Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) Creative Communities program.
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Kinshasha Holman Conwill on contemporary significance of The Migration Series
Contemporary Perspectives: Spencer Crew
Spencer Crew is Robinson Professor of American, African American, and Public History at George Mason Unviersity. He served as President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for six years and Director of the National Museum of American History for nine years.
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Spencer Crew on Panel 53 of The Migration Series
Spencer Crew on Panel 30 of The Migration Series
Spencer Crew on Panel 45 of The Migration Series
Contemporary Perspectives: David C. Driskell
David C. Driskell is one of the world’s leading authorities on African American art. Trained as a painter and art historian, Driskell works primarily in collage, mixed media, and printmaking. He joined the faculty of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland in 1977 and served as its Chairman from 1978-1983. In 1998, the University of Maryland founded The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora to pay homage to Driskell’s career as artist, educator, philanthropist, collector, and art historian.
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David C. Driskell on his personal ties to The Migration Series
Contemporary Perspectives: John Edward Hasse
John Edward Hasse is Curator of American Music at the National Museum of American History. As the biographer of Duke Ellington, the creator of Jazz Appreciation Month, the founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, a Grammy-nominated writer on music, and an accomplished musician himself, Hasse is a global voice for American jazz music.
Contemporary Perspectives: Jacqueline E. Lawton
Jacqueline E. Lawton was named one of 30 of the nation’s leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. Lawton received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin as a James A. Michener Fellow. Her plays include: Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; and Noms de Guerre. Lawton is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel, a dramaturg at PlayMakers Repertory Theatre Company, and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.
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Contemporary Perspectives: E. Ethelbert Miller
E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poems and two memoirs and the Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. In April 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington, DC, Hall of Fame. The Association of Writers & Writing Progams (AWP) presented Miller with the 2016 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. His most recent book, The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, edited by Kirsten Porter, was published by Willow Books in 2016.
E. Ethelbert Miller on DC migrant community and ongoing patterns of reverse migration
Contemporary Persepctives: Lou Stovall
Lou Stovall has been credited by artists and critics alike with helping to transform the concept of silkscreen printmaking from a commercial craft to a true art form. He is also an accomplished draftsman, as well as a designer and builder of fine furniture. His drawings and silkscreen prints have earned him grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Stern Family Fund. His current series of silkscreen collages, Vertical Views, is his latest innovation in the medium. Since 1962, he has lived and worked in Washington, DC.
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Lou Stovall on Panel 53 of The Migration Series