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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 Anthony DiBernardo

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In the world today, the Great Migration has had many long lasting effects on the African American community. In my painting, I am depicting the travel of the African Americans from the South to the North. Though it may seem very basic, there is hidden meaning behind the picture. You may notice that there is one black building on the left side of the city, and all the other buildings are white. That is on purpose. This is depicting the unwelcoming environment of the white people towards welcoming migrants to the cities. You may also notice the heads looking out the windows staring at the tracks waiting for the migrants to arrive. They decide instead of greeting them as they should, they will remain inside and watch from a distance. The most obvious clue are the banners. The left side is designated to all migrants coming to the North; a “welcome migrants” banner is placed over the track. You may notice on the right side that the sign does not welcome any migrants. The whites wish to keep life separate, but peaceful. Worries about work will continue to keep life separate between white and black, but a big culture increase for the African American community is soon to rise. In today’s society, especially in urban areas, we find that there are more African Americans than whites. The African American migrants have created the foundation for their communities in urban cores like in Harlem, New York City. This has resulted in the population of blacks to increase in different urban cities causing the food, the structures, and the value of life to be influenced by black culture in cities. The black community has made a permanent name for their culture in these areas and it all started with the Great Migration.

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