From: Jim Baggett [mailto:jbaggett@...
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 9:32 AM
To: Amos J Wright
Subject: Great Migration Program at BPL
Fly Away: The Great African American Cultural Migration
Author Talk and Book Signing
Birmingham Public Library (downtown)
Thursday, February 3
The Great Migration--the mass exodus of blacks from the rural South to
the urban north and west in the twentieth century--shaped American
culture and life in ways still evident today. Join historian Peter
Rutkoff as he discusses the motivations that inspired African Americans
to abandon the South for greater freedom and opportunity elsewhere. As
black Southerners moved north and west they took with them the South's
rich traditions of religion, language, music, and art, recreating and
preserving their Southern identity in the churches, theaters,
newspapers, jazz clubs and neighborhoods of America's largest cities.
'Fly Away' (Johns Hopkins University Press) explores the development and
adaptation of African American culture, from its West African roots to
its profound and lasting impact on mainstream America.
Peter Rutkoff is professor of American studies at Kenyon College in Ohio.
Books will be available for purchase.
For more information contact:
Jim Baggett, Head
Department of Archives and Manuscripts
Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
205-226-3631 (voice), 205-226-3633 (fax)