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      History Book Festival Presents Author Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black in Lewes


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      August 6, 2020

      Thursday   5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

      111 Adams Avenue
      Lewes, Delaware 19958

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      History Book Festival Presents Author Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black

      In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Gretchen Sorin, author of "Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights," one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.

      The liberating nature of automobiles has long been romanticized in song, film, and literature, but that narrative has largely been owned by white Americans. For the average black American, restriction of movement—a holdover from slavery—lingered long into the 20th century and shaped the way African Americans navigated behind the wheel. Long car rides and vacations required careful preparation, early morning departures, and infrequent pit stops. In grassroots fashion (most famously with the “Green Book” guidebooks), a new industry sprang up, a world of black-only B&B’s, hotels, and restaurants that played a vital role in the civil rights movement by feeding and housing activists who traveled South to protest.

      Gretchen Sorinis Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York.

      Online program presented by the History Book Festival and Lewes Public Library.

      NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Literary & Books

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