Library Talk Focuses on Black Migration

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Byline: Submitted by Gail Borden Public Library

Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin, will present "The Great Black Migration and Cultural Exports to Illinois" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. It is co-sponsored by the Elgin Branch of the American Association of University Women.

From 1910-1970, more than 3 million African-Americans migrated from the South to states in the North, Midwest, and West to find economic opportunity. This population shift, which helped fuel the civil rights movement, also served as a pathway for cultural exportation.

Focusing on the link between New Orleans and Chicago, this program will explore how the musicians and folkways of Louisiana influenced modern Chicago.

Denese Neu is a social scientist specializing in community development, social policy, and cultural resources. In addition to her work as an analyst, she is an adjunct professor, speaker, and author. Her publications include entries in the "Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration" and the book "Chicago by the Pint: a Craft Beer History of the Windy City. …