Review: The Great Migration

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The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Author: Eloise Greenfield

Illustrator: Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Published in 2010 by Amistad

The Great Migration: Journey to the North is an exceptional collection of poems and collage artwork that illustrate the experiences of African American families who courageously left behind everything they knew to create better lives for themselves. In the South, African Americans were experiencing poor economic conditions, extreme segregation, and an unsafe environment because the Ku Klux Klan was actively attacking their community. Millions of African Americans packed up and moved to the North to escape the terrifying environment they were living in. Their journeys to safety and a better life became known as The Great Migration. Crafted by individuals who personally experienced The Great Migration with their families, the poems share brave stories of determination, frustration, love, and hope.

*Coretta Scott King Award

Additional Resources:

Author Eloise Greenfield biography:

Illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist biography:

“Great Migration: The African-American Exodus North” on NPR:

Story of The Great Migration from the History Channel:


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