Black History Month Statement 2019

National Theme: Black Migrations

A Movement that Shaped History


Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. It has resulted in a more diverse and stratified interracial and intra-racial urban population amid a changing social milieu. It is rich in culture and has influenced industry, business, art, religion, politics and more.

The Great Migration was the relocation of more than 6 million African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West during the early 1900’s through 1970. Impacted by severe laws and unfair economic opportunities blacks headed north to seek better opportunities. While they suffered many injustices along the journey, this resilient culture brought hard work, sense of family, the drive to grow and learn with them.

Through the Migration, African Americans influenced many American historical conditions through literacy, art, music, religion and civil rights activism. During the Great Migration, African Americans began to build a new place for themselves in public life, actively confronting racial prejudice as well as economic, political and social challenges to create a black urban culture that would exert enormous influence in the decades to come.

2019 Black History Month, College of DuPage will explore learning through historical and contemporary experiences of a movement that shaped cultures and ideologies in America. In addition to the array of programming, COD will feature a rousing Opening Ceremony, Student lead panel discussions, arts and literature competition, and special guest speaker Dr. Fredrick Douglas Dixon, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Wyoming.



Contact Information

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225E

David A. Swope Sr.
Manager, Student Diversity and Inclusion
(630) 942-2565 
FAX: (630) 942-2136
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.