Alvin Hall Drives the Green Book
In 2019, author and broadcaster Alvin Hall drove from Detroit to New Orleans, using the same guide that was used during the height of segregation, The Negro Motorist Green Book.
From 1936 to 1967, the Green Book helped African Americans navigate safe travel through the South. Even though the guide provided a sense of freedom to travel safely, Black drivers were still threatened when pulled over. The community learned other ways to navigate the system — much like today. Hall drove the Green Book’s route to honor the legacy of those who drove it earlier, and to better understand how things have — and have not — changed. We’ll talk with Alvin Hall about how the past continues to inform the present today.
Driving the Green Book podcast audio provided by Macmillan Podcasts.
Originally broadcast on February 24, 2023