S04 E15: The Negro Motorist Green Book with Yoruba Richen

The Negro Motorist Green Book was published annually by Victor H. Green published from 1936 to 1966. It was a safe travel guidebook for African Americans that provided a list of hotels, boarding houses, taverns, restaurants, service stations, and other national establishments that served African American patrons during the Jim Crow Era.

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 (https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/details/show/the-green-book-guide-to-freedom).

You can also catch Yoruba’s up-coming documentary How to be Free about black women entertainers on PBS’ American Masters Series: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=c99a7a6e3531ba8cbf032b771&id=27d039613c&e=245cae7a73


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