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Roy L. Williams            
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Birmingham Public Library             
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Birmingham Public Library spotlights black migration during Black History Month
 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama- The national theme for this year's Black History Month is Black Migration. This refers to the trend in which many African Americans migrated from racism in southern states in search of a better life and higher paying jobs elsewhere.

 The Birmingham Public Library is shining the spotlight on black migration throughout the month of February. On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Central Library is hosting the Birmingham African-American Genealogy Group (BAAGG)'s  20th Annual Black Heritage Fair, with The Great Migration theme.  BAAGG holds its monthly meetings at the Central Library.
 Five Points West Regional Library  is hosting several free programs during February beginning next week based on black migration. Springville Road Regional Library is also hosting a screening of “Goin’ to Chicago” in February. 

The topic of black migration is personal to 78-year-old Dianne Moore, a Birmingham native whose parents migrated up north to Ohio when she was a child to escape racist Jim Crow laws. "We as African Americans need to learn more about our past," she said. Moore, who is director of public relations for the BAAGG, talked about the Black Heritage Fair in this interview at The Birmingham Times.

 Read about BPL’s Black Migration programs, listed below, at this link
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