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The story of our migration is ongoing. Feeling inspired? Share your #Panel61

In the final, 60th panel of The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence leaves us with the words “And the migrants kept coming.” Today, more than 70 years later, Lawrence’s epic narrative continues to have powerful reverberations.

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Your #Panel61 by Aisha Faison

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The Great migration has impacted many Americans today, especially African-Americans. My painting is how the Great Migration impacted black women and their hair. It all starts with an image of Madam C.J Walker, who was the first to make hair products for black women around the time of the Great Migration. Later in the evolution of black women’s hair, a performer named Josephine Baker was known for her wild style of hair, but she mainly had her beautiful greased down waves. The afro is inspired by groups who promoted “Black Power”. The rest of the styles lead up to today. Throughout this painting I portrayed how society has an effect on black women and their beauty. When the Migration happened, African American had to change their location but they also had to change their appearance to fit in to the status quo wherever they went. I feel like in today’s society its the same for black women, especially.

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