Jacob Lawrence's migration series is succession of sixty painting, made of tempera on board and measuring 12 by 18 inches each. The panels have captions that help tell the story of what in US history is called the "Great Migration" Today we take a look at the art that captured more then 6 million African Americans leaving mostly rural south and moved to the mostly urban North back in 1910.
Migration is central to human experience, and art history reflects that. We'll explore a book called the Akbarnama with a story that tells is less literally about the migration of people, and more about the movement of traditions and ideas
Beakman explains what migration is and uses a video clip of geese flying south. He then talks about a variety of animals that migrate for a variety of reasons. He then explains who they know when and where to migrate.
All of the mammals begin their annual migration to avoid the winter. Sid the Sloth's family leaves without him, as they do every year, while Manny the Mammoth migrates in the opposite direction to avoid the warm weather.