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Driving While Black: A Virtual Book Discussion with Author Gretchen Sorin

Date

Aug 09, 2022

Time

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Driving While Black, acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin reveals how the car―the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility―has always held particular importance for African Americans.

She recounts the creation of a parallel, unseen world of black motorists, who relied on travel guides, black only businesses, and informal communications networks to keep them safe. At the heart of Sorin’s story is Victor and Alma Green’s famous Green Book, a travel guide begun in 1936, which helped grant black Americans that most basic American rite, the family vacation.