From Alabama to New York: How the Great Migration Shaped the Harlem Renaissance




Huntsville, AL; Birmingham, AL; Montgomery, AL; New York City, NY; and Online


Saturdays, June 1-29 (virtual); July 14-26 (residential)


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




This institute explores the socio-cultural and economic connections between the Harlem Renaissance and the Great Migration. The first segment of the institute occurs online and provides an overview of the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance. The second week of the Institute travels throughout Alabama to explore the conditions that led to the Great Migration. The final week occurs in New York City, where scholars examine the aspects of the Harlem Renaissance that were influenced by the Great Migration. Throughout the institute, scholars will investigate and develop curricula that examines the ways in which representation shapes our understanding of history.

Project Director(s)

Nathan Blom; Stacey Carter

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Tracy Gholston; Jill Coon; Tad Roach; Dana Caldemeyer; Justin Rudder

Grantee Institution

Alabama A&M University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs