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More Than The Green Book: The History of African American Travel Community Workshop
July 31, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Earlier this year, the film Green Book (2018) received lots of attention winning three Academy Awards, including the coveted award for Best Picture. The film takes its title from a travel guide, published from the 1936 to 1964, that served an invaluable source for African Americans navigating the often racist and discriminatory dimensions of travel in the United States. However, the Green Book is just a small part of a larger story of African American travel. This presentation will focus specifically on African American vacationing, a history that dates back to before the Civil War. Paying particular attention to the Great Plains, this presentation will not only explore the challenges African Americans faced, but how vacationing created important spaces for leisure and entrepreneurship.