Faith Witness to End Racism

This month we take a specific look at one aspect of the Jim Crow experience for Black people in America: Traveling. It’s an aspect of freedom that we might take for granted - being able to move freely about the country. While the roads were open to travel, Black people were not only subject to the risks of “driving while black”... they were also not welcome to stay at the “Whites Only” hotels and motels along the way. In this installment of our newsletter, we take a look at one way that problem was addressed.
The Negro Motorist Green Book
First published in 1936, The Negro Motorist Green Book ran for nearly 30 years. “Learning about the
Green Book is to begin to understand how heartbreakingly difficult it was for many Americans to
navigate a segregated nation,” wrote Don Shaw Jr in his piece in CT Viewpoints (Feb. 2019).

Green Book (Movie)
“Green Book” (2018) won three Oscars, including best picture. It tells the story of Dr. Don Shirley, an
African-American world class pianist, making a concert tour of southern states in 1962. He hires a tough
guy Itialian-American as his driver, and the two of them navigate the roads and the segregation of the
deep south together. Read more.

Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility in America (PBS Special)
Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans
but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today.

Zoom Watch Parties
Join other Westminster members to watch the Green Book and Driving While Black... and to discuss
these aspects of the Black experience in America. Click here for details and Zoom links.
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