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You Can Now Watch A Free Documentary On The Greenbook Online [Link]

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The Green book was a guidebook that helped black Americans travel during segregation. Until the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the Green Book was critical for black Americans wanting to travel across the country.

This documentary looks to give a more accurate depiction of the stories surrounding the greenbook.

Stories around the book have been circulating since the movie was released in theatres last year. Parts of the movie have come under a lot of scrutiny by the families involved because of the inaccuracy around how the story played out.

Traveling freely was a past time for America but that wasn’t true for black Americans in the Jim Crow era, during which segregation was legal in the South and practiced just about everywhere else.

Most motels, service stations, restaurants, and even public bathrooms were off limits. That meant traveling was more dangerous, more difficult, and definitely less “spontaneous.”

Thanks to a Harlem postal worker named Victor Hugo Green, there was a way for African Americans to know where they would be welcome.

In 1936, he published the first edition of The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for New York City that listed businesses and private homes that would reliably serve African Americans.

The book published an updated version each year and eventually grew to cover locations in all 50 states, as well as international locations in Mexico and Bermuda.

Cover of the greenbook documentary

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended legal segregation, and the Green Book stopped publishing just two years later. Watch the video above to learn more about the Green Book.


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