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Driving the Green Book

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

Join award-winning journalist Alvin Hall and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber for a discussion of their 12-day road trip from Detroit to New Orleans inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, the historic guide Black Americans relied on for safe and accommodating travel for decades. Authors of the podcast Driving the Green BookHall and Woods Weber will share recollections of important stops along their 2,021-mile journey and memorable encounters with Black Americans who used the Green Book to circumvent the institutionalized  racism of the travel industry and patronize Black-owned businesses.

The pair will present images and remembrances of places that in many cases have been erased, and reflect on the design, entrepreneurship, quiet resilience, and grace during this period in American history. As we reach the end of Black History Month, Hall and Woods Weber’s reengagement with this seminal publication is a timely and evocative contribution to the ongoing fight for racial justice.

About the panelists

Alvin Hall is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, best-selling author, and renowned financial educator. His work in radio includes The Green Book (BBC Radio 4), “Alvin Hall Goes Back to School” (The Takeaway, PRI with WNYC), and Who Sold the Soul? (BBC Radio 4). The former host of such BBC series as Your Money or Your Life and Alvin’s Guide to Good Business, he has authored a number of best sellers, including You and Your Money: It’s More than Just the Numbers, as well as the children’s book Show Me the Money. Currently, he is completing the companion book for his Driving the Green Book podcast series and writing a memoir of his childhood in the Florida Panhandle. He writes periodically for the “My Week” column in Waitrose Weekend magazine in the UK. Hall is Trustee Emeritus of Bowdoin College, from which he received the 2019 Alumni Service Award. He currently serves on the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Advisory Council, The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Acquisition Committee, and is the Co-Chair for MoMA’s Friends of Education.

Janée Woods Weber is an activist, advocate, and trainer for social justice issues. Over the last decade, she has trained hundreds of people in anti-racism and allyship in numerous states across the country and has worked with grassroots coalitions in several cities to develop opportunities for dialogue that lead to community-driven solutions to address challenges like discrimination, food insecurity, health disparities, poverty, and police-community relations. She is often sought as a moderator or commentator for discussion panels, conferences, and the media. Her writing has appeared in several publications, including The Root, Quartz, and Guernica. Janée currently serves as the President of Politica CT and as Co-Chair for the Connecticut Working Families Party. She is active with Moral Monday CT and is a founding member of CT Black Women. She serves on the board of directors for the Greater Hartford Arts Council and also for Training for Change.

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