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Overground Railroad: The Green Book & the Roots of Black Travel in America

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

| $5 – $15

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Published from 1936 to 1967, the Green Book was hailed as the “bible of black travel.” At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African Americans to travel because they couldn’t eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. Many older African Americans remember well the years of the Green Book, either from direct experience or family knowledge.

The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other establishments that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem, and it took great courage to be listed within its pages.

On Saturday afternoon, February 1st, in honor of Black History Month, Institute on Aging welcomes award-winning author Candacy Taylor, as she presents a talk based on her new book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America—-celebrating the stories of those who were bold enough to put their names in the Green Book and take a stand against segregation.

Within her book and associated talk, Taylor covers Victor Green’s founding of the guide and discusses how its content and history represents America itself, how the sites and businesses it featured have changed over the years, and how the untold story of black travel reflects African Americans’ struggle and triumph against incredible odds. She offers a rich opportunity to reexamine America’s history of segregation, how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America.


February 1, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$5 – $15
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Institute on Aging San Francisco
3575 Geary Boulevard , San Francisco, CA 94118 United States