The Jay Heritage Center is set to host Gretchen Sorin, author of Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights (2020), to share her compelling account of the impact of automobile transportation on the Civil Rights movement.
Driving While Black demonstrates that the car has always held particular importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road.
Melding new archival research with her family’s story, Gretchen Sorin recovers a lost history, demonstrating how, when combined with black travel guides ― including the famous Green Book ― the automobile encouraged a new way of resisting oppression.
Gretchen Sorin is distinguished professor and director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York. She has curated innumerable exhibits ― including with the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum and the New York State Historical Association ― and lives in upstate New York.
This program is set for February 11th at 7 pm, and is free and open to the public. Registrants will receive a copy of her book while supplies last. For more information or to register, click here.
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