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The Negro Motorist Green Book Talk, September 18, 2019

Author and playwright Calvin Ramsey will discuss the creation and history of The Negro Motorist Green Book, the travel guide for African Americans during the Jim Crow era.  The lecture will be at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon…

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How Blackface Feeds White Supremacy by Brent Staples

In his New York Times editorial, Staples argues that the 19th century creation of the ignominious blackface character Jim Crow cemented the demeaning stereotype in American consciousness and was expressed in popular culture, the entertainment world, commercial household items, and…

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The Mother of the Green Book Ignored by History

The movie “Green Book” has brought attention to Victor Hugo Green, the African American postman who began publishing the guide to places that welcomed African American travelers during the Jim Crow era. Victoria Martinez writes about his wife, Alma Duke…

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Continuing Conversation on Race and White Privilege: The Struggle for Black Citizenship, November 5, 2018, 7 pm

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, a current exhibit at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery…

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The North’s Jim Crow

Andrew W. Kahrl, an associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Virginia, provides examples of preventing beach access to brown and black people to illustrate how town’s in the North use “quality of life” laws to…

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