A Guidebook to the 'Blackest Road Trip Ever'

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July 09, 2017
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From 1936 to 1966, "The Negro Motorist Green Book" sat in the glove compartment of black drivers across the country to help them find safe places to stop along American highways in the era of Jim Crow.

When writer Lawrence Ross found a copy of a 1957 edition recently, it inspired him to take “the blackest road trip ever.”  He drove 3,000 miles from L.A. to Roanoke, Virginia. 

Along the way, he challenged himself to stop only at African-American owned hotels, restaurants and gas stations, and to use this 1957 field book as a guide.