Far too often, when folks think of black migration from the South before and after the Second World War, they think of people moving north or west. Sharony Green, Assistant Professor of History, is conducting research that captures the movement of African American farther South to Florida, specifically to Miami.
Her work is being made accessible to a broad audience via a digital art installation 6-7:30 pm, Monday, August, 29, 2016 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Ave., in Tuscaloosa. There, Green, a Miami native withroots in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Bahamas, will present a multi-screen presentation featuring oral histories of people with whom she spoke about their lives in Miami. Most left various states in the South including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina before or after the Second World War.
Students enrolled in Green’s “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course have created a playlist that captures the idea of moving to rebuilding one’s life, one of the themes of the installation.
Kalisha Buckhanon, novelist, will also be present to read from her latest book Solemn (St. Martin’s Press), which is set in Mississippi.