Bearden's black odyssey

Throughout his prolific career, Romare Bearden created images of the lives of travelers on their way to and from home, a theme that he intimately explored in his Odyssey series, on display through March 9, 2014, at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The exhibition echoes the move of Bearden as a young child from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Harlem as part of the Great Migration of African Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South. In connection with the show, the Atlanta community has a chance to share and preserve their personal or family stories of the Great Migration through StoryCorps, one of the nation's largest oral history projects. Robert Franklin, special adviser to the provost on Community and Diversity, recorded his story in December. To record yours, visit