MIGRATION: A Journey of Hope

Mar 25, 2016

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Slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow bedrock the largest migration of African Americans from the south.  From 1910-1930 Chicago tenements swelled as men and women heeded the call of Robert Abbott, publisher of the Chicago Defender, to come to the land of “milk and honey.”  Jazz musician Noble Johnson and aspiring writer Lillian Stride marry, head north to begin a strivers life and bear witness to the opportunities and disappointments borne of this new freedom. The push and shove of city living, airless apartments, hot pavements, and ‘mindful’ segregation shape a new experience southern blacks find vaguely reminisce of the south.  July 1919 a black boy accidentally swims into the white area of 29th Street Beach; whites stone him and he drowns.  A riot erupts on the streets of Chicago with tragic ramifications for Noble and Lillian.  Like Margaret Wilkinsons’ “The Warmth of Other Suns”, Michael Bradford provides an intimate experience of the Great Migration.  Through an intricate layering of music, dialogue and movement, “MIGRATION” shows the historical journey of the “great generation” of African Americans.

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