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The Great Migration: Using the Art of Jacob Lawrence and the Poetry of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks

Lawrence was born in 1917 in New Jersey, the son of two African Americans traveling north from Virginia and South Carolina, spurred by poverty and prejudice…The students at Mississippi Magnet would know in their own way what he meant: African-Americans mainly from Chicago and Gary…Mexican Americans and Latinos…whites of various ethnic backgrounds, and a few Native Americans…

On the bus ride to the gleaming cubist castle of the Weisman Art Gallery [University of Minnesota], I chatted with an African American girl who had been too shy to write during my first three days in class. She wasn’t shy today