One of the books that has been on my must-read list is Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. It tells the story of millions of African-Americans who left the South in order to make a better life for themselves in the north after World War I. Of course, many of them ran head first into the same racism from which they had fled, but major cities like Chicago and New York were forever changed by their influence; especially in the arts.
Jacob Lawrence, the amazing figurative painter, captured the struggles of this exodus in his 60-panel collection of paintings called The Migration Series. His reductive style of painting still manages to honestly portray the full range of emotions that anyone would experience while uprooting your life to start anew.