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Musical Performance: A Night at the Savoy
February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The Green Book was not only cherished by vacationing Black families, but also by touring Black musicians: it was a guide to a seemingly parallel world of vibrant Black neighborhoods like New York City’s Harlem, Chicago’s Bronzeville, and Washington, D.C.’s U Street.
As the Black middle class emerged across America in the early 1920s, widespread automobile ownership opened new opportunities to travel – until Jim Crow. Life in this era shifted significantly, forging a system of laws and customs that segregated public spaces and enforced racial inequality. Navigating the injustices of racial segregation was difficult and, at times, dangerous—even for renowned Black artists. Touring was regarded as the hardest part of the job.
Celebrate the vibrant music of Black artists, with a Green Book era-inspired performance by Chicago’s Emmy-Award winning trumpeter, composer and educator Orbert Davis and his Jazz Quartet. Sip on a free signature cocktail or dance along to classics of the era at this party celebrating the impact and history of The Green Book on American music.
Register for this FREE program: https://ihm.ec/savoy
“The Negro Motorist Green Book” was created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with Candacy Taylor and made possible through the generous support of Exxon Mobil Corporation.