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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: Jim Baggett [mailto:jbaggett@bham.lib.al.us] Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 9:32 AM To: Amos J Wright Subject: Great Migration Program at BPL Fly
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      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
      Peter Rutkoff

      Author Talk and Book Signing

      Birmingham Public Library (downtown)
      Thursday, February 3
      Noon

      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)
      jbaggett@...
      www.BirminghamArchives.org
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