My journey is at once individual and part of a greater movement in America. Yearning for a higher education and greater opportunity, I left the small rural community of Vicksburg, Mississippi and headed to Seattle. On a broad scale, I was one of millions of other African-Americans who moved from the south between 1940 and 1970 to cities in other regions across the country, in what is called the Second Great Migration.
The following interactive map traces my individual journey through words, images and music. With a childhood spent in the southern tip of the Mississippi Delta, a deep appreciation for the blues comes naturally to me. Jazz, too. I hope you'll enjoy this brief immersion into the places and experiences that I've found meaningful in my life.