The Next Great Migration

in Places of Their Own

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780226896410
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226896267 | DOI:
The Next Great Migration

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This chapter recounts the experiences that Parks had shared with thousands of recent black suburbanites. She also, unintentionally, pointed to a begging separation between the past and present in perceptions of African American suburbanization. In some ways, the new suburbanites were “making it up” as they went. As African Americans move to suburbs in greater numbers than ever before, they build on a foundation with deeper footings than many recognize and face challenges that link their efforts to those of suburbanites throughout the twentieth century. As Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has remarked, a central issue facing African Americans in the modern United States is how to overcome racism without losing or denying racial identity, how to build “a race-specific yet non-racist home” from the building materials of a race-troubled society.

Keywords: Parks; African American suburbanization; suburbanites; Toni Morrison; race-troubled society

Chapter.  14558 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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