In 1936 a Harlem postal worker and activist named Victor H. Green decided to develop a guide that would help African Americans travel throughout the country in a safe and comfortable manner. The Negro Motorist Green Book (also called The Negro Travelers’ Green Book), often simply known as The Green Book, identified places that welcomed black people during an era when Jim Crow laws and de facto segregation made it difficult for them to travel domestically without fear of racial backlash.
The Green Book still exists today.
Don’t think that shit is over.
That’s the first thing you tell fam from out of state who decide to go exploring. “Don’t go here, here, here, or here after dark. You can go here, but they will seat you last if you stop at the applebee’s. And don’t go there at all. Just don’t do it.”
Thanks for sharing information about The Negro Motorist Green Book! It’s a perfect example of how the zine medium (before it was called zines) has been used by people of color for centuries to share information through independent publications.