Stranger Genius award winner Barbara Earl Thomas will give an artist talk about painter Jacob Lawrence from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 17 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

Lawrence's iconic Migration series is considered a master narrative on the African-American mass movement north as a result of the hostile environment in the segregated American south. Lawrence's artistic practice was inspired in part by his visits to the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library in Harlem and his education from and work with master painters in the Works Progress Administration.

Seattle artist Barbara Earl Thomas will present an intimate look at Lawrence's tenure in Seattle, as well as the historical significance of his Migration series on today's society, where both black families shaped by the northern migration and immigrants are under increasing scrutiny.

This event is presented in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum.