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Driving the Green Book


Award-winning broadcaster and educator Alvin Hall hits the road alongside activist and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber. They drive from Detroit to New Orleans, collecting powerful, personal testimony about how Black Americans used the historic travel guide The Negro Motorist's Green BookRead more

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Book Preview: Buses Are A Comin'

Apr 27 • 23:31

Although Driving the Green Book is over, today we're sharing a clip from another powerful story about the fight for racial equality. The new book Buses Are A Comin' by Charles Person is an account of the Freedom Riders movement, written by the youngest original Freedom Rider. In this exclusive excerpt, you'll hear the first chapter of the audiobook. Get your copy today her...

The Lorraine Motel

Nov 16 • 28:56

Now a National Civil Rights Monument, and best-known as the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee hosted not only civil rights leaders, but a range of famous musicians and black celebrities during its heyday. In our final episode, we learn about the motel’s owners, Walter and Loree Bailey, the efforts to preserve ...

Ghost Towns

Nov 9 • 32:08

Places like Paradise Valley in Detroit and Idlewild, Michigan, catered to African American communities, whether it be to create a thriving district of Black-owned businesses or allow your family to take a trip where you could be comfortable and free of any harassment or prejudice. In this episode, we discover how urban renewal has affected these locations and what remains ...

Preserving History

Nov 2 • 24:30

The A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama was considered top-tier lodging for African Americans and an epicenter for the civil rights movement during its heyday in the 1950s. In this episode we learn about the preservation efforts being undertaken by communities across the U.S. to save historic Green Book locations, like the A.G. Gaston and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis....

A Place to Put It

Oct 26 • 25:44

We explore the emotional legacy of The Negro Motorist Green Book and the inherited wisdom passed down from generation to generation. We also hear from some of the artists and writers of today who have been inspired by and continue the work of the Green Book....

The Elders, Living History

Oct 19 • 30:05

The elders who lived through segregation pass down the wisdom and knowledge they gained as they learned to safely navigate extremely tense, frightening, and humiliating situations. In this episode we learn from their example and find ways to move forward towards a more just future. ...

The Nettles of Nashville

Oct 12 • 26:05

We head to Nashville to trace the legacy of Jim Crow, segregation, and The Negro Motorist Green Book through different generations of one family: The Nettles. We also pay tribute to the female entrepreneurs who provided vital services to the African American community, but went unrecognized in The Green Book and throughout history....

Mother Wit

Oct 5 • 30:51

How did Black travelers use Mother Wit—common sense insights—to help them survive during the Jim Crow era? We hear how this intuition helped individuals and families navigate the roads, stay safe, and build networks and businesses that provided the services they were being denied....

Little Harlem, MS

Sep 28 • 27:45

We head to Jackson, Mississippi where we hear local residents and a former Motown musician reminisce about the vivacity of Farish Street—the historic Black business district also known as “Little Harlem.”...

Victor and Alma

Sep 22 • 25:17

Alma and Victor Hugo Green created The Negro Motorist Green Book to reduce the frustrations of African Americans traveling by car around the country. We visit the Schomburg Center in Harlem, New York to see the Green Book archive for ourselves and learn about the creators’ aspirations for the guide and their hope that one day they would no longer need to publish it....

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