Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book
For fans of Hidden Figures comes a nonfiction picture book about the Green Book, a travel guide written and published by a Black postal worker from Harlem who wanted African Americans to stay safe while traveling around the United States during segregation.
Award-winning author Tonya Bolden and acclaimed illustrator Eric Velasquez shine a light on this lesser-known history of Victor Hugo Green and the deep impact of his incredible book on generations of Black families in America.
As a mail carrier, Victor Hugo Green traveled across New Jersey every day. But with Jim Crow laws enforcing segregation since the late 1800s, traveling as a Black person in the US could be stressful, even dangerous.
So in the 1930s, Victor created a guide—The Negro Motorist Green-Book, also known as the Green Book—compiling all the information he could find to help Black travelers know where to go and what places to avoid in order to have a pleasant and safe time. While the Green Book started out small, over the years it became an expansive, invaluable resource for Black people throughout the country—all in the hopes that one day such a guide would no longer be needed.
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