Genealogy Adventures

S04 E15: The Negro Motorist Green Book with Yoruba Richen

Professor Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who created the documentary specialization at the Newmark J-School. Her work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Atlantic and Field of Vision. Her film The Green Book: Guide to Freedom aired on The Smithsonian Channel in February 2019.

We talked about the Green Book Guides – which movies like Green Book and TV shows like Lovecraft County have brought to the fore – and her documentary The Green Book: Guide to Freedom which is available via the Smithsonian Channel (

You can also catch Yoruba’s up-coming documentary How to be Free about black women entertainers on PBS’ American Masters Series:

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