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Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Presented by Historic New England at Online/Virtual Space

Nov 05 2020
Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin reveals how the car—the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility—has always held particular importance for Black Americans.

Acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin reveals how the car—the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility—has always held particular importance for Black Americans.

Cars helped black families evade some of the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. 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

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