Migration panel 20. In many of the communities the Negro press was read continually because of its attitude and its encouragement of the movement.

Three figures read a large newspaper with wide, eager eyes, fixated on the contents that lay in front of them. Widely read publications of black press encouraged southerners to seek better opportunities North, idealizing leisure activities, education, and cultural life. Simultaneously, these circulating weeklies would elaborate on lynchines, labor exploitation, and various Southern injustices. Unable to distinguish what the figures are reading, an element of mystery us conveyed – are the figures reading about opportunity or misfortune?
SKU: 65188
Creator: Jacob Lawrence
Date: 1940-41
Original Medium: Tempera on gesso on composition board
Original Size: 18 x 12 in
Location: Museum of Modern Art, NY
© 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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