The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-1930)
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The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-1930), August 3-12, 2016 an Exhibition at Slought Gallery
Premiere! The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-1930) at the 2016 BlackStar Film Festival
The year 2016 marks a century since the beginning of the first Great Migration to Philadelphia, the mass movement that brought many African-Americans families to the Philadelphia area at the start of World War One. Coming north for better economic opportunity and to escape southern oppression, this migration saw a change in the African-American population of Philadelphia from 62,000 in 1900 to 220,000 in 1930. The Great Migration, which redefined the word “urban,” is the start of the modern city.
(DAILY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, 1920; BEREAN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2101 NORTH BROAD STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA. HELEN WALLER ANDERSON COLLECTION, CHARLES L. BLOCKSON AFRO-AMERICAN COLLECTION TEMPLE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES)
Friday, April 15, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Gallery Opening - The Great Migration (1916 – 1930)
Photographs and Artifacts from the Charles L. Blockson Collection & Audio Oral Histories from Goin’ North: Tales of the Great Migration
Join us for an exhibition of photos and documents on loan from the Charles L. Blockson Collection that explore Philadelphia during the early decades of the 20th century. Also, listen to oral histories recorded in the 1970s and 1980s by men and women who made the Great Migration. These oral histories were recorded by Charles Hardy, Diane Turner, Donna DeVore, Jacquie Carlisle and H. Garrett. They are part of Goin’ North: Tales of the Great Migration, edited by Charles Hardy and Jannekan Smucker.
The Great Migration exhibit at Scribe is co-curated by Gary Smalls and Leslie Willis-Lowry.
Special Thanks to Dr. Diane Turner, Nadine Patterson, and Gary Zhang.
Live Performance “the Upsouth Experiment” with Larry Price and Nimrod Speaks. Saxophonist/composer Larry Price is joined by bassist Nimrod Speaks in a musical exploration of the Great Migration. Co-presented with the Philadelphia Jazz Project.
The Great Migration: A City Transformed a discussion with historian Dr. Diane Turner, Executive Director of the Charles L. Blockson Collection at Temple University; Dr. Charles Hardy, historian and professor at West Chester University; Louis Massiah, director of Scribe Video Center; and Lonnie Graham, commissioned artist for The Great Migration: A City Transformed.
Saturday, April 16, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Traces of South: An Afternoon with Kevin Jerome Everson
In conjunction with The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-1930)
We are honored to welcome Kevin Jerome Everson back to Scribe for a selected screening of his films. Everson, who is one of the commissioned artists of The Great Migration: A City Transformed project, will screen films that reflect on the source and destinations of the Great Migration, including: Company Line, Undefeated, Lead, House in the North Company and Erie.
Kevin Jerome Everson films combine scripted and documentary moments with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent. Everson, who has directed over 120 films, has been exhibited internationally at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He is a professor at the University of Virginia.
PROGRAMMING FOR THE GREAT MIGRATION: A CITY TRANSFORMED (1916-1930) HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE PEW CENTER FOR ARTS & HERITAGE.