Feb 26th Author, photographer, historian, and curator Candacy Taylor will be in Sactown – on site for “Green Book: Navigating to Freedom”  

By Freelance Writer Michael P Coleman

Author, photographer, historian, and curator Candacy Taylor will be in town and on site for “Green Book: Navigating to Freedom.”  She’ll talk about both the young adult and general market editions of her riveting book Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America. 

Overground Railroad details the publication of The Green Book, an annual guide that shepherded Black travelers through a much more overtly racist America than we enjoy today. Spanning four decades, it listed accommodations, hotels, gas stations and the like that were welcoming to black families during a period in our history, almost a century ago, when a simple road trip could and often did end disastrously for African American families. At the hands of racist police officers or the KKK, one could be humiliated.

Or injured.

Or killed.

Much more than a documentation of the publication of the Green Book, Overground Railroad deftly details the world in which it was an essential, lifesaving tool for millions of travelers each year.  It was referred to as “The Bible of Black Travel.” And Taylor brilliantly connects the dots between our country’s racist past and latter day ills like redlining and mass incarceration. It’s a vibrant tome that belongs on every bookshelf.

“The Green Book: Navigating to Freedom”
Sat., Feb. 26, 2022 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA
Reduced $5 admission

Celebrate Black History Month with this special event, presented in partnership with the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum.

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