Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 6:00p -
Boston Public Library
Boston, MA 02116
History, Lectures & Conferences, Social Good, Virtual & Streaming
American Ancestors/NEHGS and Boston Public Library present this virtual event with author Gretchen Sorin on her new book "Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights" -- soon the basis of a major PBS documentary by Ric Burns.
We kindly ask that people interested in attending register by visiting the following link that is hosted by the WGBH Forum Network: https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d92REgSbS72rD7B8eZ8A7w
Hear from this acclaimed historian how the automobile fundamentally changed African American life. Through much of our country’s history, mobility has been limited for African Americans: first, by slavery; then, in the 20th Century, by the racism of some whites who denied their black countrymen the right to travel freely on trains and buses. Driving While Black reveals how the car—the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility—allowed black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society. Interweaving stories of her own family history, Gretchen Sorin opens up an entirely new view onto one of the most important issues of our time.
Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Deputy Director of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, will serve as the guest moderator for this author talk.
Gretchen Sorin is a distinguished professor and director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York. She has curated innumerable exhibits—including with the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum and the New York State Historical Association.
Kinshasha Holman Conwill serves as Deputy Director of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the 19th Smithsonian institution in Washington, D.C.
This event is part of the American Stories, Inspiration Today author series and is free the public.