Fighting For Respect: African-American Soldiers in WWI w/ Driving the Green Book
March 7 - March 31
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Driving the Green Book
Alvin Hall and his mentees Chrissy and Jaron drive across Long Island (NY), traveling to areas where businesses listed in Victor H. Green’s guidebook The Negro Motorist Green Book (1936 -1967) were concentrated. They find out what has changed and what has stayed the same from the time The Green Book was a survival tool against segregation. Is a Green Book still needed today? Location after location, our Roadtrippers create an exciting, emotional and inspiring travelogue.
Fighting for Respect: African-American Soldiers in WWI
The compelling story of the African American soldiers who fought for democracy abroad in the segregated US Army. They hoped that their much-praised heroism overseas would translate to equality and justice at home. The returning veterans and their communities instead became the target of unspeakable violence waged by white supremacists during the fiery Red Summer of 1919. The complexity of this gripping story is retold through rare archival film footage, letters written home from the Front, and incisive commentary from academic experts. In addition, the focus on the experiences of several distinguished soldiers provides thought-provoking insight as to how African American participation abroad advanced the fight for equality, respect, and freedom in the United States.