‘Driving While Black’ Film Based On Sorin Research

‘Driving While Black’ Film Uses Sorin Research

Gretchen Sorin
Gretchen Sorin

COOPERSTOWN – A new Ric Burns documentary titled “Driving While Black” will be based on research by Gretchen Sorin, director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, on the “Green Book.”

“The Green Book” is a 1937 travel guide listing hundreds of establishments across the South and the nation that welcomed African-Americans.

The book became an essential resource for safe travel in the pre-Civil Rights era. Burns talks about the project and his work with Sorin in this Smithsonian Magazine article


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