Driving the Green Book

Driving the Green Book

Award-winning broadcaster and educator Alvin Hall hits the road alongside activist and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber. They drive from Detroit to New Orleans, collecting powerful, personal testimony about how Black Americans used the historic travel guide The Negro Motorist's Green Book during the height of segregation as a vital resource to quell fears, find safe havens, and travel with dignity. As he drives the Green Book, Alvin unearths both inspiring and heartbreaking tales that tell a different story from what Hollywood would have you believe. Driving the Green Book is a living history podcast that preserves a powerful legacy and honors the stories of those who lived through the era, supported and uplifted each other, and fought for equality. Please be sure to explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at apple.co/explorethegreenbook, listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at apple.co/listentothegreenbook, and find recommended reading in Apple Books at apple.co/alvinhallcollection.... Show More

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September 1, 2020 3 min
What was it really like to travel as a Black person in America during the era of Jim Crow laws and segregation? Join host Alvin Hall and producer Janée Woods Weber as they drive south from Detroit to New Orleans. Along the way, they collect powerful personal testimony from African Americans who used The Negro Motorist Green Book to negotiate travel around the country. Hear sharp insights and eye-opening perspectives about this peri...
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September 14, 2020 26 min
Host Alvin Hall and associate producer Janeé Woods Weber take you on a trip from Detroit to New Orleans, stopping at locations listed in The Negro Motorist Green Book along the way. They hear stories from people who lived through the era of Jim Crow laws and segregation about the harassment they received on cross-country road trips and in their own cities.  Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.c...
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September 22, 2020 25 min
Alma and Victor Hugo Green created The Negro Motorist Green Book to reduce the frustrations of African Americans traveling by car around the country. We visit the Schomburg Center in Harlem, New York to see the Green Book archive for ourselves and learn about the creators’ aspirations for the guide and their hope that one day they would no longer need to publish it. Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www....
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September 28, 2020 27 min
We head to Jackson, Mississippi where we hear local residents and a former Motown musician reminisce about the vivacity of Farish Street—the historic Black business district also known as “Little Harlem.” Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts. Explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at https://apple.co/e...
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October 5, 2020 30 min
How did Black travelers use Mother Wit—common sense insights—to help them survive during the Jim Crow era? We hear how this intuition helped individuals and families navigate the roads, stay safe, and build networks and businesses that provided the services they were being denied. Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts. E...
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October 12, 2020 26 min
We head to Nashville to trace the legacy of Jim Crow, segregation, and The Negro Motorist Green Book through different generations of one family: The Nettles. We also pay tribute to the female entrepreneurs who provided vital services to the African American community, but went unrecognized in The Green Book and throughout history. Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, ...
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October 19, 2020 30 min
The elders who lived through segregation pass down the wisdom and knowledge they gained as they learned to safely navigate extremely tense, frightening, and humiliating situations. In this episode we learn from their example and find ways to move forward towards a more just future.  Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts. ...
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October 26, 2020 25 min
We explore the emotional legacy of The Negro Motorist Green Book and the inherited wisdom passed down from generation to generation. We also hear from some of the artists and writers of today who have been inspired by and continue the work of the Green Book. Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts. Explore the Green Book o...
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November 2, 2020 24 min
The A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama was considered top-tier lodging for African Americans and an epicenter for the civil rights movement during its heyday in the 1950s. In this episode we learn about the preservation efforts being undertaken by communities across the U.S. to save historic Green Book locations, like the A.G. Gaston and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter...
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November 9, 2020 32 min
Places like Paradise Valley in Detroit and Idlewild, Michigan, catered to African American communities, whether it be to create a thriving district of Black-owned businesses or allow your family to take a trip where you could be comfortable and free of any harassment or prejudice. In this episode, we discover how urban renewal has affected these locations and what remains of these communities today. Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.c...
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November 16, 2020 28 min
Now a National Civil Rights Monument, and best-known as the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee hosted not only civil rights leaders, but a range of famous musicians and black celebrities during its heyday. In our final episode, we learn about the motel’s owners, Walter and Loree Bailey, the efforts to preserve it as a national monument, and its complicated legacy as a s...
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