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The Great Migration

The Great Migration

Triangle Bikeworks will host its annual community Lunch & Learn series on The Great Migration

June 14, 2021 – June 17, 2021

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

A landmark event in US history, the movement of 6 million African Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West that occurred between 1916 and 1970, has shaped the culture and history of the United States in its progress toward labor rights, democracy, and civil rights.

This series of educational, online lectures will help those who are curious about the hidden history of this period and learn a few important facts that the Triangle Bikeworks youth will uncover as they cycle a route commemorating The Great Migration in the summer of 2022.

DAY 1

06 / 14 / 2021

Untold Stories of The Great Migration

Surprisingly, there’s many more people connected to The Great Migration than you know. Whether they’re from the northern states or southern, it touched everyone.

Spoke’n Rev Cyclists Rowan, Solomon, and David

Solomon

DAY 2

06 / 15 / 2021

Nature, Environment, and the Great Migration

There’s always more to the story. Urban Renewal was a buzzword back in the 1950’s. But there’s a dirty underbelly for all this growth and enterprising. To say the least, Urban Renewal was a way to breakup thriving communities even though they were held back and jmpoverished. See how the Great Migration fits into this part of American history.

Kofi Boone

A Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Kofi Boone is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a University Faculty Scholar and Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at NC State University in the College of Design.

His work is in the overlap between landscape architecture and environmental justice with specializations in democratic design, digital media, and interpreting cultural landscapes.

Kofi’s teaching and professional work have earned awards and he serves on the Board of Directors of The Corps Network, as well as the Landscape Architecture Foundation, where he is President-Elect.

Kofi serves on the advisory board of The Black Landscape Architects Network.  

DAY 3

06 / 16 / 2021

Social Emotional Impacts of the Great Migration

There’s always more to the story. SEL is… Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. Find out how being aware of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and addressing SEL is connected to The Great Migration.

Jacqueline Perry-Higgs

Jacqueline Perry-Higgs is currently doctoral student in the Northeastern Leadership Academy program at North Carolina State University.

She has 24 years in education that includes the following roles: a teacher, mentor, instructional coach, administrator, curriculum specialist, AIG coordinator and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Jacqueline earned her elementary education degree from North Carolina Central University. She earned two Master’s degree: curriculum and instruction (NCSU) and educational leadership (ECU).

During her first two years of the doctoral program she was chosen as a Jackson Scholar. She is also a recipient of the Wilcox-Hodnett Fellowship. She has a published article in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (Feb, 2019). Fall of 2020, she was one of the recipients of the Dissertation Research Continuity Grant at NCSU.

DAY 4

06 / 17 / 2021

Cultural Legacies of the Great Migration

There’s always more to the story. Day 4 of Triangle Bikeworks’ community Lunch & Learn series on the Great Migration. The cross country tour scheduled for Spoke’n Revolutions youth cyclists in the year 2022 from Carrboro, North

Carolina to Chicago, Illinois



This presentation brings it ALL together for you in a neat package to

help you understand the tremendous impact of the Great Migration on

American culture and American history.

Philip Cherry

Philip Cherry received a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984 and a Masters in Library Sciences from North Carolina Central University in 1989. He began his professional career September 1988 at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC. His first public library directorship was in Hickory, NC at the Hickory Public Library 1996-2000. He directed the Rockford Public Library, Rockford, IL 2000-2001 and Durham County Library, Durham, NC 2002-2005. His last public library directorship was for the Onslow County Public Library, Onslow County, NC 2006-2012. He retired from public service in 2012.

His professional accomplishments include…. (click here for more info)

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Philip Cherry received a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984 and a Masters in Library Sciences from North Carolina Central University in 1989. He began his professional career September 1988 at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC. His first public library directorship was in Hickory, NC at the Hickory Public Library 1996-2000. He directed the Rockford Public Library, Rockford, IL 2000-2001 and Durham County Library, Durham, NC 2002-2005. His last public library directorship was for the Onslow County Public Library, Onslow County, NC 2006-2012. He retired from public service in 2012.

His professional accomplishments include:

Participation in the design and construct of eight public library facilities.  Fundraising that secured over $4 million in private donations and grants.  Leadership of Durham County Library’s successful application for a 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities $500,000 Challenge Grant, one of only two full NEH Challenge Grant awards given to a public library in North Carolina.

Participation in or leadership of public library programs which won statewide and/or national recognition including the 1995 National Library of the Year won by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, the 1998 Honorable Mention, National Library of the Year won by Hickory Public Library and the 2010 Pete Taylor Award won by the partnership of Onslow County Public Library and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.  Introduction of the first smart chip library patron card in North America (Hickory Public Library, 1998) recognized by Smithsonian Institute in 1999.

Mr. Cherry helped create public program events featuring luminaries such as: 

  • Civil War author and historian Shelby Foote 
  • International bestselling authors Isabelle Allende, John Hart and Connie Briscoe 
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman author Ernest J. Gaines 
  • Noted African-American young adult author Walter Dean Myers 
  • Author of Miracle at St. Anna and The Color of Water James McBride 
  • Public Broadcasting host, folk life legend and performer David Holt. 
  • Internationally recognized poets Donald Hall and Billy Collins

Mr. Cherry is especially proud of the Onslow County African-American Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Project he and his staff developed and presented to the citizens of Onslow County as the final major community project in his career as a librarian. Since 2012 Mr. Cherry has been an active individual investor, small business owner and genealogy/history researcher for both his wife’s and his own extended families.

He and his wife Janet B. Cherry, a public schools administrator, live in Durham, NC.

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