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Correcting history through the Black experience
Throughout the 20th century, over six million African Americans left the South for greater economic and social opportunities in the North, Midwest, and West. Despite the significant growth of the state’s African American population during this period, this Great Migration has had little acknowledgement in Arizona's history, leaving Black people and their stories in a state of indiscernability.
As an attempt at a historical corrective, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is partnering with the Heritage Square Foundation and Emancipation Arts LLC to put out a call for essays from Black Arizonans sharing stories of where they came from and celebrating their enduring and thriving communities.
To learn more about the call for submissions, keep reading. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 1, 2021.