‘Driving Whereas Black’ reveals historical past of US Black motorists
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – A new video examining the history of African Americans driving down the road from Great…
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – A new video examining the history of African Americans driving down the road from the Great Depression to the heights of the Civil Rights movement.
“Driving Darkness,” which airs this week at several PBS locations in the US, shows how the car has freed African Americans from the country while driving racism and violence.
The film was inspired by Gretchen Sorin’s 2019 book, “Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights.” The book was an inspiring story of how cars open up opportunities for black people in the US
The vehicle allowed African Americans to avoid trains and buses across the United States and to give blacks the opportunity to travel across the country. Travel guides provided a modern subway line to showcase the black travelers that hotels and restaurants serve.
The free movement opened the window for migration throughout the area away from Jim Crow, bringing in the modern Civil Rights Movement.
This work is one of the latest developments in monitoring the travels of people of all walks of life despite the stigma and discrimination they face. The Candacy Taylor “Green Book & Roots of Black Travel in America,” released last year, examines how the Green Book, a guide for African Americans, helped black travelers navigate and create a mobile network.
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