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PA LOCAL: ERIE’S BLACK ÉMIGRÉS: A panel on the legacy of the Great Migration in Pennsylvania
“We don’t want you here.” That’s what Armendia Dixon remembers her boss saying to her back in 1966 when she became the first Black staffer in a whites-only elementary school in Laurel, Mississippi.

That was the first and last time the principal spoke to her. Within a year Dixon made her way to a new job and home over 1,000 miles away in Erie, Pennsylvania, where a late-stage Great Migration was taking place.

Like Dixon, many African Americans at the time were leaving the rural South and heading to cities in the North and West in search of opportunity and relief from Jim Crow discrimination.

Erie had its own troubles, but the city’s newcomers settled and grew roots, their success enabling them to bring along relatives and peers from back home. The steady influx produced a vibrant community that remains to this day and is integral to the city’s culture and politics. This event will shed light on that history and the people who made it possible.

On Thursday, Sept. 1 join us for a discussion of Dixon’s experience as an educator in two states post-Brown v. Board of Education, the legacy of the Great Migration in Pennsylvania, and the history of Erie’s Black community.

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Sep 1, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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