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Showing posts with label The Negro Motorist Green Book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Negro Motorist Green Book. Show all posts

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Negro Motorist Green Book



Guest Writer Marion Young


A blast from the past...
Never heard of this book? 
You may be too young...or not African American...or rarely travel outside of your city. But for those who traveled during the Jim Crow past, many blacks did not leave home without it. Even today, just about all blacks who are traveling will be sure to ask family and friends what are the racist places to avoid. 
Victor Hugo Green (November 9, 1892 - aft. 1964? ) was a Harlem, New York, postal employee and civic leader. He was the creator of an African American travel guide known as The Green Book. It was first published as The Negro Motorist Green Book and later as The Negro Travelers' Green Book. The books were published from 1936 to 1964. He reviewed hotels and restaurants that did business with African Americans during the time of Jim Crow laws and racial segregation in the United States. He printed 15,000 copies each year.
While we all worry about crime-ridden and dangerous areas, blacks have the added burden of dealing with racism...today.

This is to show how much has changed...and what hasn't.
Comment.... The Pardu
Melissa-Harris Perry introduced the Green Book on her Sunday Morning Show. I like Marion Young and many of our Internet community have never heard of the Green Book. The existence of such a book speaks to the real dangers and, or, potential comforts inherent in living in Jim Crow America.



Click here to see the complete edition of The Negro Motorist Green Book in pdf format.
The Root.com has published on this Jim Crow tool.
No, the The Negro Motorist Green Book is not a publication commonly known to many in America. It is also not a document that ever made a Best Seller list. For some, however, it was probably a book that shared in relevance to the traveler's Bible. It was probably more critical than your and my modern day GPS unit.  The Green Book may have saved lives making it relevant well beyond mere practicality and utility of the ever-present GPS. It is equally understandable if some African-American travelers returned home for a forgotten (if left at home) Green Book.  The Bible if left behind may have been a book the traveler would simply have left for the next trip.
For some Americans life was well beyond comprehension the 
experience of others.  
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