Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black: African-American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents:
Driving While Black: African-American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights
Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 PM
Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont
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How the automobile fundamentally changed African American life the true history beyond the Best Picture winning movie.
The ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, the automobile has shaped this country from the moment the first Model T rolled off Henry Fords assembly line. Yet cars have always held distinct importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. Gretchen Sorin recovers a forgotten history of black motorists, and recounts their creation of a parallel, unseen world of travel guides, black only hotels, and informal communications networks that kept black drivers safe. At the heart of this story is Victor and Alma Greens famous Green Book, begun in 1936, which made possible that most basic American right, the family vacation, and encouraged a new method of resisting oppression. Enlivened by Sorin's personal history, Driving While Black opens an entirely new view onto the African American experience, and shows why travel was so central to the Civil Rights movement.
Gretchen Sorin is distinguished professor and director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York. She has curated innumerable exhibits-including with the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum and the New York State Historical Association-and lives in upstate New York.
Kehilla Synagogue (View)
1300 Grand Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94610
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