[email protected]: Gretchen Sorin
Where: Graduate Center, CUNY
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Historian and Filmmaker Professor Gretchen Sullivan Sorin: “Driving While Black”
Dr. Sorin is the author of Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights. This acclaimed historian describes how the automobile fundamentally changed African American life. Through much of our country’s history, mobility has been limited for African Americans: first, by slavery; then, in the 20th Century, by the racism of some whites who denied their black countrymen the right to travel freely on trains and buses. Driving While Black reveals how the car—the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility—allowed black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society. but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today. Interweaving stories of her own family history, Gretchen Sorin opens up an entirely new view onto one of the most important issues of our time.
Dr. Sorin will discuss her book and show clips of the 2020 documentary Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility in America. Based on Dr. Sorin’s research, it was directed by Emmy-winning Ric Burns and premiered in the Glimmerglass Filmdays Festival in November 2020.
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