Before the Great Migration, 90 percent of all African Americans in the U.S. lived in the southern states. Between 1915 and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1970s, six million black people changed their addresses from the segregated South to the urban North. Several Illinois cities have come to be known as destinations of the Great Migration, including Alton, Peoria, and Chicago. Using cookbooks and oral histories, Donna Pierce explores migrated recipes such as smothered chicken, chitterlings, black-eyed peas, barbecue, biscuits, caramel cake, and more. She discusses how these recipes transport many people back to a South (with ties to Africa) they have never known. Donna is a Road Scholar with the Illinois Humanities Council. This event is being produced in part by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities. Register at 1-800-613-3163.
Join us for our winter 2014 semester of special events. These events are great for all ages, and they’re all free of charge. All programs do require registration. To register, call 1-800-613-3163. Unless otherwise stated, all programs will be held in 218 Alton Square Mall, upper level.
Often program registration fills up and rolls over to a waiting list. If you are not going to attend a program that you are signed up for, PLEASE call 1-800-613-3163 and let us know so we can fill your reservation from the waiting list.