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Virtual Film Screening: The Green Book


July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


In the 1930s, a Black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African Americans navigate safe passages across the United States well into the 1960s. This film explores some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns,” and presents stories of struggle and indignity as well as ones of opportunity and triumph.

This program is featured in conjunction with the BMA’s current exhibition Ways of Seeing: The Art of Travel, Trade and Transportation.

Following the screening, join us for a related program on July 15. The Green Book – Then & Now is a virtual panel discussion about the significance of the original Negro Motorist Green Book and how its relevance permeates our present-day. This panel features Birmingham-based multidisciplinary artist Tony Bingham; Alvin Hall, an award-winning broadcaster, educator and creator of Driving the Green Book — which was recently awarded an Ambie award as Best History Podcast — and Theo Edwards-Butler, the founder of Modern Green Book, which works to support, celebrate, and uplift Black-owned businesses and organizations while grounding itself in the rich history of the original Negro Motorist Green Book.

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