Maggie Brown Performs at Bronzeville Stylin at Black Women’s Expo 2016, Sunday
Vocalist Maggie Brown will perform the Great Migration theme song for which she wrote the lyrics and composed
by Kai EL’ Zabar
This year The Great Migration will have 100 years behind its phenomenal beginning and even more phenomenal impact upon a nation. Because it all began as the result of one Black man who wanted his people to have a better quality of life than what they experienced in the South.
Robert Sengstacke Abbott, founding Publisher of the Chicago Defender instigated what became the The Great Migration through his scathing editorials urging Blacks to leave the oppressive South and to relocate North where there were more opportunities for them to grow and thrive socially and economically.
As a result his push for Blacks to empower themselves became the movement of 6 million African-Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West that occurred between 1910 and 1970.
The 2016 Great Migration Centennial Commission presents its signature event ‘Bronzeville Stylin,’
This migration gave birth to a cultural boom in cities such as Chicago and New York. In Chicago for instance, the neighborhood of Bronzeville became known as the “Black Metropolis”. From 1924 to 1929, the “Black Metropolis” was at the peak of its golden years. Many of the community’s entrepreneurs were black during this period. The “Black Belt” geographical and racial isolation of this community, bordered to the north and east by whites, and to the south and west by industrial sites and ethnic immigrant neighborhoods, made it a site for the study of the development of an urban black community.
You can learn more and experience a journey back in time at the 2016 Great Migration Centennial Commission’s presentation of its signature event ‘Bronzeville Stylin,’ where it will introduce a new line of speciality Dolls called Bronzeville Babies. The dolls come to life to take a stroll back through Bronzeville Hey Days and share their unique stories through a workshop that features history, fashion, discussion and song.
Not to miss will be the History of Bronzeville by Bernard Turner, Publisher, Highlights of Chicago Press, Further dialog will take place with the
‘Creating a New Promise’: Panel discussion facilitated by Alicia Spears of the Business & Economic Revitalization Association. The panel
includes Barbara Ingersol, Bernard Turner and Maria Lee.
And in the tradition of her father Oscar Brown Rr. Maggie Brown vocalist extradordinaire will perform the The Great Migration Song theme she wrote and composed.
Don’t miss this opportunity to kick off the Great Migration 100th year Anniversary, support the Black Women’s expo and have a great time.
at Black Women’s Expo, McCormick Place, North Bldg. Room N230B; Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.