The Green Book: Guide to Freedom Screening, Reception and Discussion with writer/filmmaker Yoruba Richen ‘94
The Real Story on The Historic Travel Guide for Black Motorists
Please join The Brown Media Group, Inman Page Council and The Brown Club of New York for a special Screening, Reception and Discussion of the documentary that tells the real story of The Green Book.
During the Jim Crow era, African Americans were confronted with the constant threat of violence, vandalism, assault and even death while on the road. Yoruba Richen’s Smithsonian Channel documentary, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, takes a look into the real story of “The Negro Motorist’s Green Book” that listed black friendly businesses for African American travelers. Richen’s film tells the story of this period of institutionalized racism with historians, business owners, and individuals who experienced the struggles, indignities and dangers of “traveling while black” in pre-civil rights America.
FILMMAKER – YORUBA RICHEN '94
Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website, The Cut and The Atlantic. Her award-winning feature documentary, The New Black, was broadcast on Independent Lens. Yoruba’s previous film, Promised Land, also won numerous awards and aired on POV. Yoruba recently won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy nominated singer Andra Day. She won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was also a Sundance Women’s Fellow and Producers Fellow. Yoruba is a featured TED Speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. She is director of the documentary program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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