Jacob Lawrence
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Jacob Lawrence: Great Migration art shows American turning point

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Migration - the massive upheaval of African-Americans from the rural south to the industrial north of the United States.

In all six million people left the south, fleeing segregation under the so-called Jim Crow laws. They were seeking the freedoms offered in major northern cities such as New York and Chicago.

On hand to depict the Great Migration was the young African-American artist Jacob Lawrence, who painted 60 panels capturing the migration in all its facets.

Regarded as a landmark series in American art, these panels are about to go on display in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Curator Leah Dickerman spoke to the BBC about the show.

Filmed and edited by Michael Maher

  • 02 Apr 2015