Under Jim Crow segregation laws, African-Americans were often met with discrimination and intimidation as they traveled across the United States. Victor Green, a black postal worker in New York, published the first Negro Motorist Green Book in 1936 as a guide to businesses that would serve African-American travelers. Over the next 28 years, the annual publication helped scores of motorists find hotels, tourist homes, restaurants, barber shops, beauty parlors, service stations and taverns across the country. During this illustrated lecture, Toya and Reuben Levi will discuss the history and legacy of the Green Book, as well as some of the Houston locations listed in the guide through the years.
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.