They Bought One-Way Tickets And Said Goodbye To Everything They Knew

a black family in formal wear
L. Graciella Maiolatesi
May 23, 2023

The Great Migration has been slept on as a freedom movement. Between 1910 to 1970 roughly 6 million Black people vacated the South

They bought one way tickets, only took what they could carry, and said goodbye to everything they knew. Many didn’t know what lay ahead, but they knew staying was a death sentence.

From 1882 to 1968, roughly 4,743 lynchings occurred in America. Our people migrated for safety and out of necessity. 

Many sought better employment and educational opportunities.

Before 1910, 90 percent of America’s Black population lived in the South. By 1970, 47 percent of our community had migrated, bringing their recipes, slang, music & dances, style, genius, and other cultural practices right along with them.

Without the migration, movements like the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, and the Black Power movement may not have been possible.

The Great Migration is one of our freedom movements with the most longevity. 

Wherever Black people move greatness, wealth, and liberation follows us. So let’s be intentional in how we move, where we move, and who we move with. Let’s move towards Black joy and abundance.

We have a quick favor to ask:

PushBlack is a nonprofit dedicated to raising up Black voices. We are a small team but we have an outsized impact:

  • We reach tens of millions of people with our BLACK NEWS & HISTORY STORIES every year.
  • We fight for CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM to protect our community.
  • We run VOTING CAMPAIGNS that reach over 10 million African-Americans across the country.

And as a nonprofit, we rely on small donations from subscribers like you.

With as little as $5 a month, you can help PushBlack raise up Black voices. It only takes a minute, so will you please ?

Share This Article: