On the heels of the Golden Globe-winning major motion picture, Comcast, Smithsonian Channel and the Senator John Heinz History Center co-hosted a private screening of Smithsonian Channel’s The Green Book: Guide to Freedom on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Presented through historians, business owners and individuals who experienced first-hand the phenomenon of “traveling while black” in pre-Civil Rights America, the film tells the story of Victor H. Green’s eponymously named travel guide that allowed African Americans to safely tour the country during a time of severe institutionalized racism.
Directed by acclaimed documentarian Yoruba Richen, the filmmaker behind The New Black, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom looks at the daily realities that African Americans faced on the road – the struggles, indignities and dangers, but also the opportunities and triumphs that were won along the way.
Tuesday’s screening was followed by a panel discussion that included Richen, Author Herb Boyd and Carnegie Mellon Professor Joseph W. Trotter, Jr. and was moderated by KDKA’s Brenda Waters. Watch Brenda’s report here.
The Green Book: Guide to Freedom will premiere on Monday, February 25th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.