Driving While Black: African American Travel and The Road to Civil Rights

Driving While Black: African American Travel and The Road to Civil Rights

By Gretchen Sullivan Sorin

In Driving While Black, the acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin reveals how the car―the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility―has always held particular importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. She recounts the creation of a parallel, unseen world of black motorists, who relied on travel guides, black only businesses, and informal communications networks to keep them safe.

Sorin, Gretchen Sullivan. Driving While Black: African American Travel and The Road to Civil Rights. New York: Liveright Publishing Corp, 2020. Amazon.