Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights with Gretchen Sullivan Sorin
March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
For African Americans the automobile provided personal freedom and independence in a nation with segregated public transportation. But even in their own cars mobility was restricted for black drivers. In a story that reaches back to the time of slavery, when mobility was denied, Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights explores one of the most pressing racial issues of our time, while it explores the way that the automobile profoundly changed the lives of black Americans. This talk holds an urgent and powerful message for American society today – at once revelatory and deeply troubling as it reveals a story of human courage, creativity, and commitment to change – it provides a crucial window on discrimination, civil rights, and national identity. And, we see how black mobility is tied to the history of black entrepreneurship and American democracy.