February is National African-American History Month. It is a time to recognize the accomplishments of African Americans and acknowledge the struggles for equal rights in U.S. history. This year’s theme, “Black Migrations,” emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.
The 2019 theme focuses mainly on the 20th Century. In the first decades, African Americans were moving from southern farms to southern cities, and from the South to urban areas in the Northeast, Midwest, and West. Additionally, after both World War I and World War II, many African Americans moved to Europe and Africa attempting to find places to live in greater freedom.
These times saw a dramatic increase in black entrepreneurs and black industrial workers. Also, it was the birth of various quintessential American musical styles such as jazz, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll.
The movement of African Americans continued throughout the latter half of the century. This period witnessed Northern African Americans’ return to the South, racial stratification in suburbs, and inner-city ghettoization. It also saw prominent protest activism and the passage of numerous civil rights laws.
The Law Library has a created a display of by and relating to African Americans and their experiences. Check it out on the 3rd floor landing at our Downtown location.