Lecture: Journey to Sanctuary – Second Great Migration
June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$25
Philadelphia’s rich cultural history will be celebrated through the immersive, multifaceted storytelling experience of migration, stories that are relevant to generations of families that are old and new residents of the City. African Americans who arrived in Philadelphia from the South during the Second Great Migration (1940-1970) changed the fabric of the City of Brotherly Love. Many of those who braved the difficult journey found sanctuary in the city’s well-established faith communities and growing cultural life. African American churches facilitated the passage for those coming to the Delaware Valley and became centers of community life and political activism. By exploring relevant humanities themes, Journey to Sanctuary seeks to add to the scholarship and visually share the story of the lesser-documented Second Wave of the Great Migration, which was larger and more diverse than the First Wave. The project’s themes examine how second wave migrants, their descendants, and existing Philadelphia residents navigated the explosive population growth; clash of cultures; diverse opportunities and threats; the cultural renaissance and political activism precipitated by the migration.