New Migration Leaving Black Businesses Behind

September 12, 2011  |  

(The Grio) — When two million black Americans began migrating to the North in the early 1900s, leaving behind the legalized inhumanity of Jim Crow in search of a better life, the movement was known as “The Great Migration.” When another five million left after the second world war, scientists named it “The Second Great Migration.”  The 21st century was heralded in by a third seismic migratory phenomena. This one, still ongoing and growing, called “The New Great Migration,” is chronicling the mass movement of African-Americans back to the South, that for close to a century, they steadily left in droves. Scientists are busy formulating their methodology and collecting data to report on this historic trend.  However, for the owners of black businesses in the North that were established and thrived on the patronage of black Southern migrants and their families, scientific findings are not necessary. Their customers, patrons, clients and church members are fewer and fewer. For some the drain from urban areas back to the South has forced them to close their doors forever.

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