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Travels with The Green Book

Melanie Wong | Jan 13, 201903:39 PM

" . . . As times changed, so did 'The Green Book.' For sale by subscription and at Esso gas stations, in its heyday it sold two million copies a year. But in the 1948 edition, Victor Green wrote: 'There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. This is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States.'

Green, who died in 1960, didn't live to see that day come, when the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 mandating the end of segregation. Publication of 'The Green Book' ceased in 1967. It was largely forgotten, its true legacy underestimated.

Taylor said, 'It's so important that we look at the 'Green Book' not just as a historic travel guide, not as just something that we needed in the past, but what the 'Green Book' teaches us about the resilience and the courage of what black people were able to do and accomplish, in spite of the circumstances, and everything that happened'."

Travels With The Green Book

For decades the guide offered safe havens to African American travelers who faced being turned away or threatened in the era of segregation
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