Dr. Gretchen Sorin will join Piscataway Public Library for an online book discussion of their new work Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights on Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm. You can use your library card to download your copy of the audiobook from hoopla. Don’t have a library card? Get one today.
Driving While Black is an account of the relationship between the automobile and the African American experience during the Jim Crow Era and beyond in the United States. Sorin's groundbreaking work, currently being adapted by Ric Burns and Steeplechase Films for PBS, examines how access to car travel created safe ways for black families to exercise the fundamental American right to move, unobstructed, through the country--previously restricted to whites only.
Commemorate Juneteenth 2020 by joining a discussion of this history and its greater relevance in light of recent events. A portmanteau for June and nineteenth, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865--2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863--when word finally reached slaves in Texas that they were free. Also known as Black Independence Day, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Please register now to receive a Zoom link to the Driving While Black book discussion on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.