In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation's safe havens and notorious "sundown towns" and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.
The producers of this documentary film were unaware of the concurrent Hollywood production of Green Book (2018). Thus when the drama feature won the Oscar for Best Picture the night before this documentary premiered on television, it proved a most fortuitous coincidence for free publicity. See more »
If you've seen the "Green Book" then you have got to see this documentary, but even if you missed the film, this hour documentary will be of some interest. It tells the story of the emergence of the black middle class and their journeys in cars outside their own towns/cities. In the 1940s and 1950s this was a perilous journey, so a black man named Green started a book that let black people know where they could eat, drink, shop, and (most important) stay over night. Over time the book changed just as society changed, and thankfully there came a time when the book was no longer necessary. But in the interim, this documentary takes you to some of the places where history was made and gives you some detailed biographies about people who were brave enough to fight against the prevailing sentiments and make the world better for everyone.
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