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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-27-07 05:58 PM
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102. The Negro Motorist Green Book
For all of the "new mobility" of the car, driving still posed difficulties for blacks. African American travelers regularly carried buckets or portable toilets in their car trunks because service station bathrooms and roadside rest areas were usually closed to them. Black motorists also found it difficult to find places to stay: most roadside motels--north and south--refused to admit blacks. Diners and fine restaurants alike regularly turned away black customers. By the 1930s, however, black motorists could consult guidebooks to make their way through the countryside with as few hassles as possible. The first of the genre, the Negro Motorist Green Book, in 1936, promised to provide "the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments, and to make his trip more enjoyable." Black newspapers also ran advertisements for "race" hotels, restaurants, and resorts where black customers were welcome.

"Driving while Black" is nothing new. :(

http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Race/R_Casestudy/Negr...
http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Race/R_Casestudy/R_Ca...
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