Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Great Migration - from Holmes Cty, Mississippi to Chicago IL (1946)

Howard Jr Huggins (b. 1928) graduated from Saints School in Lexington MS in the Spring of 1946...
He moved to Chicago IL at @ age 19.
we get off the train.
We hug our suitcases,
fearful of pickpockets.…
We are very reserved,
for we have been warned not to act green.…
We board our first Yankee street car
to go to a cousin’s home.…
We have been told
that we can sit where we please,
but we are still scared.
We cannot shake off
three hundred years of fear
in three hours.
RICHARD WRIGHT, 12 Million Black Voices
Wilkerson, Isabel (2010-09-07). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Kindle Locations 4110-4118). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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