Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights With Gretchen Sorin, Ph.D.
Where: New York Public Library—Grand Central Library
135 E. 46th St.
212-621-0670 Price: Free
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How the automobile fundamentally changed African American life―the true history beyond the Best Picture–winning movie.
Dr. Sorin recovers a forgotten history of black motorists, and recounts their creation of a parallel, unseen world of travel guides, hotels, and informal communications networks that kept black drivers safe. At the heart of this story is the famous Green Book, which made possible that most basic American right, the family vacation, and encouraged a new method of resisting oppression.
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