12 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 990 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.

    Book Preview: Buses Are A Comin'

    Book Preview: Buses Are A Comin'

    Although Driving the Green Book is over, today we're sharing a clip from another powerful story about the fight for racial equality. The new book Buses Are A Comin' by Charles Person is an account of the Freedom Riders movement, written by the youngest original Freedom Rider. In this exclusive excerpt, you'll hear the first chapter of the audiobook. Get your copy today here or wherever books or audiobooks are sold. 

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    • 23 min
    The Lorraine Motel

    The Lorraine Motel

    Now a National Civil Rights Monument, and best-known as the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee hosted not only civil rights leaders, but a range of famous musicians and black celebrities during its heyday. In our final episode, we learn about the motel’s owners, Walter and Loree Bailey, the efforts to preserve it as a national monument, and its complicated legacy as a symbol of both Black excellence and immense sadness.

    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.

    • 28 min
    Ghost Towns

    Ghost Towns

    Places like Paradise Valley in Detroit and Idlewild, Michigan, catered to African American communities, whether it be to create a thriving district of Black-owned businesses or allow your family to take a trip where you could be comfortable and free of any harassment or prejudice. In this episode, we discover how urban renewal has affected these locations and what remains of these communities today.

    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.

    • 32 min
    Preserving History

    Preserving History

    The A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama was considered top-tier lodging for African Americans and an epicenter for the civil rights movement during its heyday in the 1950s. In this episode we learn about the preservation efforts being undertaken by communities across the U.S. to save historic Green Book locations, like the A.G. Gaston and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

    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.

    • 24 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
990 Ratings

990 Ratings

Miss Charley ,

Driving The Green Book

I loved listening to this series of stories immensely. The only disappointment was coming to the end, I want more.

Princess Leah, of IKEA ,

You took ME on a Road Trip

Mr. Hall and Ms. Woods Webber and all of the presenters here have taken me on a beautiful, poignant, bittersweet, wonderful trip.

I was a child in the ‘60’s and grew up alongside
I-95, and our family traveled each summer from Philadelphia, PA to Fayetteville, NC.

Though I’d never heard of the green Book until about (5) years ago, the accounts you’ve featured ring true.
Mr. Hall’s mellifluous voice and knowledge blow my mind. Can’t wait for the next podcast!

NSQRY ,

Resilience & Perseverance

This podcast pays homage to our ancestors and those who still remember a time where blacks and other people of color had to be intentional and thoughtful about their travels. The experiences shared may leave some listeners sad and angry, but for me I have a deeper sense of community, strength, resilience, and perseverance. I am proud to be black.

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