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Exhibit Opening: “The Negro Motorist Green Book”
February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
During the era of Jim Crow laws, a time of segregation through policy and through custom, Victor Green, a Black postal carrier from Harlem, recognized a need and decided to fulfill it. Inspired by his Jewish friend who authored a book that listed places in Catskills where Jewish people could avoid overt antisemitism, Green published his own book: The Green Book, a travel and survival guide. The Green Book became “the Bible of Black travel” for more than over thirty years, offering critical (and often lifesaving) information and sanctuary.
Join Illinois Holocaust Museum on-site or online as we open our newest special exhibition, “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” with a panel discussing the significance of The Green Book, the history of Black travel and sundown towns, and a myriad of related topics.
Panelists will include award-winning documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen, whose Emmy-nominated film The Green Book: Guide to Freedom was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel; Chicago Sun-Times columnist and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore, whose book The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation won the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016; and kihana miraya ross, who teaches African American Studies at Northwestern, where she was awarded a grant by the Spencer Foundation to support her studies of reparations in Evanston. The panel will be moderated by Laura Washington, columnist, reporter, and ABC-7-Chicago Political Analyst, reporting on race, politics, and public affairs.
Register for this FREE program: https://ihm.ec/greenbookopening