The Great Migration (1917-1970) of more than six million African Americans out of the South to other regions of the United States is one of the most important, courageous, and consequential movements in our nation’s history. In search of true freedom, equality, and opportunity, those brave migrants – fleeing systemic racism, abuse, oppression, enforced poverty, and terror – transformed American culture, society, demographics, and politics in a multitude of ways, both tangible and intangible. Additionally, African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans migrated to Houston from other regions, making our city the most diverse in the nation.
Honors College students from U.S. History and Houston History classes, and history students from Texas Southern University exhibited their projects exploring the reasons for, and the lasting legacies of, the “great migrations” in America in the Honors College Commons through the end of the spring semester. In the summer, some of the students’ projects will be exhibited in the Houston Heritage Society’s gallery.
Gabriel Aguilar: “Muslims” videoFlorencia Caceres: “Lynchings in a Divided America” website
Kevin Cavazos: “On Buffalo” short story
Rachel George: “[U]n[I]ty” poem
Lida Hedayatpour and Nicholas Johnson: “Life in the North After Migrating and How Conditions Were Similar to the South” podcast
Nicole Henkel: “Segregation, Desegregation, and Resegregation of Public Schools in America” paper
Cecile Huynh: “Housing Restrictions and Poverty Among African Americans” paper
Erin Hwang, Elissa Nguyen, Alina Flores: “The Great Migration” podcast
Herschel Bluestein Levin: “We are America” poem
Derek Lore: “Status Symbols and the Difficulty of Obtaining Them” paper
Orio Lowy: "The Role of Segregation in the Racial Wealth Gap" paper
Cassie MacLaren: “Nella Fantasia” video
Jordan Medrano and Andrew Buchanan: “Educational Discrimination: Colored and White” dual websites depicting a plausible example of educational discrimination that exists today, much in the same way it existed during the time of the Great Migration.
Noelle Meinen and Sarah Rolen: “The Third Ward: Then and Now” video
Thomas McCallum: “How the Great Migration Shaped the American Political Landscape” paperDebora Mroczek: “The Great Migration and Social Inequality – the Wage Gap in Cities” PowerPoint/video and paper
Aleyda Perez: “Chingo Bling” audio
Angella Rodriguez: “Waiting” poem
Asit Shah: “Olympians in Houston: Their Success is Houston’s Success” PowerPoint
Andrew Teoch: “Information” video
Justin Thompson: “Freedom” original composition audio
Anonymous: “How to Make Tortillas” poem
Brooks Vasquez: “The Mexican Struggle in Houston” photo essay
Muhammad Vohra and Sana Chaudhry: “Islam in America - the Great Migration and Community Outreach” paper
To view images of additional projects, click here.