A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration

June 24 to September 11, 2022

Mississippi Museum of Art

380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

A colorful art piece hanging in a gallery depicts several Black males and females

A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration

Mississippi Museum of Art

380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201


Newly commissioned works by 13 of the most acclaimed African American artists working today examining the profound impact of the Great Migration on the social and cultural life of the United States.

Throughout the presentation of its landmark exhibition A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, the Mississippi Museum of Art will present a series of critical conversations, films, performances, activities, and celebrations focused on the exhibition themes of family, ancestry, land, and self-determination. Highlights of programming are described below.

The Museum will follow all current CDC guidelines. All times listed are CST. Events will all take place at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 South Lamar Street, Downtown Jackson, unless otherwise noted.


ART ON FILM | Conversation and Film Premiere with Akea Brionne

Thursday, June 23, 2022
7 PM

This event is free, but registration and an exhibition ticket are required. Register here.

Join us for the premiere of Akea Brionne’s film, Mississippi Goddamn, commissioned for A Movement in Every Direction. In this 45-minute film, shot in Columbus, Mississippi, Brionne engages with her family’s history in the South through revisiting spaces with her grandfather, William T. Brown.


Saturdays: June 25; August 27, 2022
11 AM

Curators Tours are free.

Chief Curator and Artistic Director of MMA’s Center for Art Public Exchange, Ryan N. Dennis, leads a guided tour of A Movement in Every Direction.


Fridays: July 8; August 5, 2022
11:30 AM

Gallery Talks are free.

Scholars and artists share thoughts, reflections, and perspectives on the work in A Movement in Every Direction and the impact the Great Migration had on women, literature, music, and oral histories. Featured speakers include Dr. Tiffany Caesar, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar at Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center; Donald “Field” Brown, PhD candidate in English literature at Harvard University; Dr. Phyllis Hale, Assistant Professor and Director of Opera/Musical Theatre at Jackson State University; and Alissa Rae Funderburk, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation oral historian for the Margaret Walker Center.


Saturdays: June 18; July 16; August 20, 2022
10:30 AM

Look and Learn is free, but registration is required. Visit msmusemart.org for registration details.

Gather round for Look and Learn – our literacy and art-making program for children ages 5 and under. This monthly story time adventure connects families to art at the Museum and plants seeds of creativity in growing minds. In this summer series, we focus on books based on movement, family, and the power of storytelling to celebrate A Movement in Every Direction. After each reading, families will view artwork in the exhibition and join Museum educators in the classroom for an art project.


Every Sundays at 2 PM through the run of the exhibition

Join our trained gallery educators for a free tour of A Movement in Every Direction. Each tour is discussion-based and will provide participants the opportunity to learn about select works of art, and engage with exhibition themes of storytelling, family, land, and self-determination.


September 9 – 11, 2022

Registration is required for all closing events and will be available soon on msmuseumart.org.

Friday, September 9, 2022

6:30 PM: Medgar Wiley Evers Lecture | Isabel Wilkerson
Galloway United Methodist Church, 305 North Congress Street, Downtown Jackson

The Mississippi Museum of Art and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History present the 2022 Medgar Wiley Evers Lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize and National Humanities Medalist Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson, who authored the New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, will reflect on how the Great Migration, with its connection to Mississippi, continues to shape the American narrative. After the lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to join the author in a book signing.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

7 PM: Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

Jazz pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran and Mezzo-soprano and composer Alicia Hall Moran draw on their own family lore and stories—both harrowing and inspired—of the Great Migration with music from rhythm and blues to gospel, classical to Broadway, work songs to rock, and more.