Slavery, The Great Migration, & The Harlem Renaissance

After reading McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” a number of students commented that this piece must have been written in the 1950’s.  In fact, it was written in the 1990’s.  Though things have changed drastically since the Jim Crow era, we still have progress to make.  For example, even African-Americans attending Harvard still feel the mechanisms of racism today in 2014.  Here is a recent photo-campaign dealing with diversity on Harvard’s campus which speaks to some of McIntosh’s ideas: I, Too, Am Harvard.

Students will watch most of the PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name which covers the period of time immediately following the Emancipation Proclamation.  Most Americans believe that freedom came easily and instantaneously after Lincoln’s speech, but that was not the case.  

Isabel Wilkerson wrote The Warmth of Other Suns which chronicles the Great Migration out of the south to New York & the east coast, Chicago & the Midwest, and LA & the west. Wilkerson was interviewed on Democracy Now where she discussed the three primary tales in her book.