Conversation with Dr. Jo-Ann Graham : The Black Migration


SUNY Orange celebrates Black History Month with a a conversation about the Black Migration on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4pm in the Great Room with Dr. Jo-Ann Graham. (Snow date/location: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4pm in Kaplan 201)

The African American great migration is often considered to be a Black experience, but it was an American experience, as well. It changed the lives of those migrating and changed the worlds they joined. Currently there is a national conversation taking place, overtly and covertly, about change, race, color, immigration and what constitutes the American Identity. It is appropriate and perhaps helpful to explore a past change to the sociological landscape of America: its myths, its realities, and its significance to the America of today. This conversation will use artists’ exploration of the Black migration: the 1941 Jacob Lawrence paintings, The Migration of The Negro (Series) and the 2010 Isabel Wilkerson book, The Warmth of Other Suns to engage into evolving questions of American identity.
Jo-Ann Graham earned a Ph.D. from New York University. She was a professor at The City University of New York, where she was a department chairperson and head of humanities. Dr. Graham has served on the board of the Hammond Museum. She has also served with the Cinque Art Gallery, founded by Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow and Norman Lewis.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is free and open to the public. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.