Today's show explored the history of black motorists through Victor Hugo Green's travel guides. We also discussed arguments for affordable menstrual products and increased funding for fine arts programming in rural Georgia schools.
The film "Green Book" picked up a few nominations for the 2019 Oscars, including best picture 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 joined "On Second Thought" to discuss her recent Bitter Southerner article on the fallacies of the open road for black travelers.
Dominique Holloman, president-elect of the Junior Leagues of Georgia State Public Affairs Committee, also joined "On Second Thought" to discuss how economic barriers to menstrual products affect women in Georgia. "Periods Gone Public" author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, who works on period equity policy on a national level, joined the conversation from NPR in New York.
Finally, Jessica Booth, fine arts program specialist from the Department of Education, joined the show to discuss GDOE's $260,000 to help rural districts expand fine arts opportunities. Laura Gregory, an art educator for Wayne County Middle Schools, also joined the conversation.
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