School of History and Sociology Spring 2024 Speaker Series

February 12, 2024, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Crosland 7130 and Online

Tyina Steptoe, associate professor at the University of Arizona speaks on "The Sound of Migration: Black Music and Western Movement." This presentation uses music to show how Western migration affected Black culture, society, and economics in the middle of the twentieth century. Thousands of Black southerners migrated to western states during the Second Great Migration after World War II, and in the 1960s and 1970s, Black midwesterners flocked to California from places like Chicago and Detroit. Professor Steptoe shows how the establishment of Black communities and Black businesses in Western cities shaped early rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul music.

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