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Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

“Driving While Black” Film Viewing and Talk


Date: 5:30pm EDT April 27

The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience presents the Crossing Cultures Series: “Driving While Black” Film Viewing and Talk with Gretchen Sorin.

Driving While Black, a feature-length documentary film, explores the role of the automobile in the lives of African Americans in the early twentieth century.  Based on over a decade of research by acclaimed African American historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin, the film draws on an extraordinarily rich archive of material from the period – including photographs, advertisements, billboards, road signs, maps, brochures, letters, and legal records – along with riveting oral histories and the on-camera insights of scholars, writers, musicians, artists, religious leaders and ordinary American travelers.