8 episodes

Award-winning broadcaster and educator Alvin Hall hits the road alongside activist and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber. They drive from Detroit to New Orleans, collecting powerful, personal testimony about how Black Americans used the historic travel guide The Negro Motorist's Green Book during the height of segregation as a vital resource to quell fears, find safe havens, and travel with dignity. As he drives the Green Book, Alvin unearths both inspiring and heartbreaking tales that tell a different story from what Hollywood would have you believe. Driving the Green Book is a living history podcast that preserves a powerful legacy and honors the stories of those who lived through the era, supported and uplifted each other, and fought for equality. Please be sure to explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at apple.co/explorethegreenbook, listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at apple.co/listentothegreenbook, and find recommended reading in Apple Books at apple.co/alvinhallcollection.

Driving the Green Book Macmillan Publishers

    • Documentary
    • 3.9 • 874 Ratings

Award-winning broadcaster and educator Alvin Hall hits the road alongside activist and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber. They drive from Detroit to New Orleans, collecting powerful, personal testimony about how Black Americans used the historic travel guide The Negro Motorist's Green Book during the height of segregation as a vital resource to quell fears, find safe havens, and travel with dignity. As he drives the Green Book, Alvin unearths both inspiring and heartbreaking tales that tell a different story from what Hollywood would have you believe. Driving the Green Book is a living history podcast that preserves a powerful legacy and honors the stories of those who lived through the era, supported and uplifted each other, and fought for equality. Please be sure to explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at apple.co/explorethegreenbook, listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at apple.co/listentothegreenbook, and find recommended reading in Apple Books at apple.co/alvinhallcollection.

    A Place to Put It

    A Place to Put It

    We explore the emotional legacy of The Negro Motorist Green Book and the inherited wisdom passed down from generation to generation. We also hear from some of the artists and writers of today who have been inspired by and continue the work of the Green Book.

    Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts.

    Explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at https://apple.co/explorethegreenbook. 

    Listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at https://apple.co/listentothegreenbook. 

    Find recommended reading in Apple Books at https://apple.co/alvinhallcollection.

    To share your own Green Book stories with us, email greenbook@macmillan.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 25 min
    The Elders, Living History

    The Elders, Living History

    The elders who lived through segregation pass down the wisdom and knowledge they gained as they learned to safely navigate extremely tense, frightening, and humiliating situations. In this episode we learn from their example and find ways to move forward towards a more just future. 

    Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts.

    Explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at https://apple.co/explorethegreenbook. 

    Listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at https://apple.co/listentothegreenbook. 

    Find recommended reading in Apple Books at https://apple.co/alvinhallcollection.

    To share your own Green Book stories with us, email greenbook@macmillan.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    The Nettles of Nashville

    The Nettles of Nashville

    We head to Nashville to trace the legacy of Jim Crow, segregation, and The Negro Motorist Green Book through different generations of one family: The Nettles. We also pay tribute to the female entrepreneurs who provided vital services to the African American community, but went unrecognized in The Green Book and throughout history.

    Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts.

    Explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at https://apple.co/explorethegreenbook. 

    Listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at https://apple.co/listentothegreenbook. 

    Find recommended reading in Apple Books at https://apple.co/alvinhallcollection.

    To share your own Green Book stories with us, email greenbook@macmillan.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min
    Mother Wit

    Mother Wit

    How did Black travelers use Mother Wit—common sense insights—to help them survive during the Jim Crow era? We hear how this intuition helped individuals and families navigate the roads, stay safe, and build networks and businesses that provided the services they were being denied.

    Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts.

    Explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at https://apple.co/explorethegreenbook. 

    Listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at https://apple.co/listentothegreenbook. 

    Find recommended reading in Apple Books at https://apple.co/alvinhallcollection.

    To share your own Green Book stories with us, email greenbook@macmillan.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    Little Harlem, MS

    Little Harlem, MS

    We head to Jackson, Mississippi where we hear local residents and a former Motown musician reminisce about the vivacity of Farish Street—the historic Black business district also known as “Little Harlem.”

    Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts.

    Explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at https://apple.co/explorethegreenbook. 

    Listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at https://apple.co/listentothegreenbook. 

    Find recommended reading in Apple Books at https://apple.co/alvinhallcollection.

    To share your own Green Book stories with us, email greenbook@macmillan.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Victor and Alma

    Victor and Alma

    Alma and Victor Hugo Green created The Negro Motorist Green Book to reduce the frustrations of African Americans traveling by car around the country. We visit the Schomburg Center in Harlem, New York to see the Green Book archive for ourselves and learn about the creators’ aspirations for the guide and their hope that one day they would no longer need to publish it.

    Visit www.drivingthegreenbook.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greenbookpod for more, including bonus content, photos, and transcripts.

    Explore the Green Book on our exclusive Apple Maps Guide at https://apple.co/explorethegreenbook. 

    Listen to the show's Apple Music Playlist at https://apple.co/listentothegreenbook. 

    Find recommended reading in Apple Books at https://apple.co/alvinhallcollection.

    To share your own Green Book stories with us, email greenbook@macmillan.com.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
874 Ratings

874 Ratings

Rosainmd ,

Making sense of it all...

I grew up in Maryland in the late 60’s and early to mid 70’s and thought how we traveled: leaving in the early morning hours, using the restroom before getting on the road, and packing food and beverages was the “way” of travel, not being aware that this is how black folks had to travel....thank you for filling in the blanks and helping me understand the why’s of how we traveled, behind our road trips.

Disgruntled 10000 ,

Great, but lacking

Lovely anecdotal stories. Not much on the history of the places in the actual book. Still a good listen though!

hebacita2 ,

I could listen to Alvin’s voice all. day. long.

Jenee is amazing too. I heard them both interviewed on the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. I don’t think we could ever get enough of hearing these stories and voices and histories. Wish I coulda been in the backseat of their car.

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