Great Migration Summer Teacher Institute

July 18–22, 2022 | Jackson, Mississippi

The Great Migration was the unprecedented movement of African Americans from the South in the first three-quarters of the twentieth century. During this week-long institute, teachers will conduct archival research to explore the Great Migration, particularly ideas about public memory, self-determination, and resilience. 

    About the Institute

    • Learn about the historical context surrounding the Great Migration at the Two Mississippi Museums—Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
    • Explore A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, the exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art featuring twelve of the most acclaimed African American artists working today. These commissioned works examine the profound impact of the Great Migration on the social and cultural life of the United States. 
    • Experience The Negro Motorist Green Book, on display at the Two Mississippi Museums July 2–September 25, 2022. 
    • Conduct research at the state archives, and discover primary sources to share with your students.
    • Create materials that introduce themes of the Great Migration to your students.  
    • Workshops will be led by staff from both museums, as well as educators from Facing History and Ourselves. Facing History and Ourselves will connect the Great Migration to identity, memory, and legacy. 
    • Meet acclaimed writer and educator Eve L. Ewing. She is the award-winning author of four books: the poetry collections Electric Arches and 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side, and most recently a novel for young readers, Maya and the Robot. Ewing is also an assistant professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago. She uses archival materials in her work to connect and engage readers with history, including the Great Migration when her own grandmother moved from Mississippi to Chicago. 


    This workshop will welcome twenty K–12 teachers made up of both in-state and national educators. Teachers from Mississippi, as well as Baltimore, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and other cities where Mississippians settled during the Great Migration, will receive priority.

    The application period is now over.

      • Dates: July 18-22, 2022 
      • In-state stipend: $500
      • Out-of-state stipend: $1200 
      • Hotels and lunches covered by institute 
      • CEUs will be offered.


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