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African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South – Virtual Lecture

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


In honor of Black History Month, the Weston Historical Society is hosting, “African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South”, a virtual lecture with guest presenter, Dr. Stacey Close of Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:30pm via Zoom. The event is free, but registration is required. Register at

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As a lead-in to the Weston Historical Society’s 1920s exhibit, which will open later this year, the society is organizing a virtual lecture series that will explore events that influenced and shaped the Roaring 20s. One such event is the migration of millions of African Americans from the rural South to urban centers in the North that began around 1915. Dr. Close will discuss reasons for the larger migration and also focus on the migration’s impact on Connecticut and the nation. The lecture will conclude with a Q & A session.

Dr. Stacey Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the Associate Provost/Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT. A professor of history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and B.A. from Albany State College, a HBCU in Georgia. He has taught courses that focused on African American, American, African, and Southern history. In addition, he has made paper presentations at conferences such as the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and Professional and Organizational Development Network. Close has also served as chairperson for the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Geography, director of the Center for Educational Excellence, and NCAA, Faculty Athletic Representative. He has published with journals and presses such as the Journal of Negro History, CT Explored, and Guilford Press. In 2014 Close was a contributing editor and essayist for African Americans in Connecticut Explored, published by Wesleyan University Press. He frequently lectures and makes presentation on Black Hartford history. In 2011-2012 Close received the prestigious honor of being an American Council on Education Fellow. Some of his other honors include the NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut for 2013 and 2015, Eastern Connecticut State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, Student Club Advisor of the Year, and Eastern Connecticut State University’s Faculty Teaching Award.

The Weston Historical Society would like to thank its annual sponsors: Fairfield County Bank and KMS Partners at Compass. The Weston Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information and to donate, please contact the Weston Historical Society at, 203-226-1804 or visit

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