Timuel Black grew up in Chicago's "Black Belt". His family moved to Chicago during the "Great Migration", in 1919. (Mine migrated in 1920.)
African Americans left the South in order to have a better life and a better future for themselves and their families. They often settled in large cities including Chicago, Cleveland and New York, where they formed their own communities during segregation.
Black lists the reasons why his parents decided to move North.
Unfortunately, many of these prosperous, thriving Black communities were destroyed by white supremacists. See also:
Why are we only just now starting to hear about these thriving Black communities - and the demise of many of them? Please comment below and please share. Thanks.