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Re: Southern Born Black Migration

I am reading "The Warmth of Other Suns" and, Lord have mercy, have found myself talking to the book!

One quote was almost word for word what my own father said about not leaving Arkansas. "If everybody leaves it will never change." He and one sibling stayed, the others left. At least one sibling went to Chicago and never came back to visit, (the one I never met and whose descendants I have no idea where to find them).

My mother's father died in Arkansas, and two of his sisters were there. All the other siblings went to Chicago, some as early as the 1920s, probably a part of the early migration discussed in the book. Three of Mother's siblings moved to California, one during the early days of WWII and the other two after serving in the military in WWII.

I am waiting for two friends that I grew up with to get this book so I can discuss it with them! One in Texas, one in Michigan... can't wait to see if it resonates with them as it has with me. So I sent it to them.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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