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‘Driving While Black’

Renee Bright

We know that automobiles revolutionized life for the average white American in the early and mid-20th century, but for the Black American population, cars brought freedoms, yes, but freedoms packed with complications. 

In her book Driving While Black, Gretchen Sorin charts the history of Black Americans and cars, telling the stories of Black-only businesses and publications like The Green Book (the first of many such guides) that helped make travel for African Americans safer, and how cars assisted with the Civil Rights Movement – with an emphasis on “movement.” (Rebroadcast)

You can watch Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America on PBS Utah on Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. MST and Monday, Feb. 22 at 11 p.m. MST. For more information, go to PBSUtah.org.

Dr. Gretchen Sorin’s book is Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights. [IndieBound| Bookshop |Amazon | Audible].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.