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Join us for “Beyond Black Radicalism,” a free talk by Janira Teague, historian and member of our 2022–23 Virginia HBCU Scholars Fellowship cohort.

More than two-thirds of Black residents in early 20th-century New York City were either African American southerners who came north during the early years of America’s Great Migration or Caribbean colonists—mostly emigrants from Jamaica or Barbados—who composed the first significant voluntary wave of Black immigration to post-emancipation America. This group embraced new opportunities and created new trends.

Janira Teague

Many of the newcomers were Virginia natives, hoping to take advantage of new opportunities in the urban north. This talk places America’s Great Migration in global context and examines the movement’s impact on electoral politics. 

Teague, an assistant professor of history at Morehouse College in Atlanta and formerly at Norfolk State University, is a scholar of 19th- and 20th-century African American history. The Virginia HBCU Scholars Fellowship is made possible in part by a grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

This is a free event. Registration is required. Limited free parking is available in the deck underneath the Library building.

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