The Real 'Green Book' Revealed Inequality For Black Motorists

Jan 22, 2019

The Academy announced the 2019 Oscar nominations Tuesday, and "Green Book" picked up a few nominations. The film was nominated for best picture, best lead actor and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali. Ali plays black pianist Don Shirley, who toured through the Jim Crow-era South with white nightclub bouncer and driver Frank Vallelonga.

While Shirley's family has denounced the film as inaccurate, "The Negro Motorist Green Book" was a real series of travel guides for black motorists between the 1930s and 1960s. Columnist Cynthia Tucker explored how black travelers relied on the book for a recent article for the Bitter Southerner. She joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the realities of the open road during Jim Crow.

Stories like Tucker's are explored on The Bitter Southerner Podcast, a production of GPB and the Bitter Southerner magazine.

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