Candacy Taylor - Overground Railroad

Candacy Taylor - Overground Railroad

Monday, Feb 24, 2020 7:00 PM

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

An award-winning documentarian delivers the first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the “Green Book,” a travel guide for black motorists, broadening our understanding of black life, leisure, and struggles for equality in twentieth-century America.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat by pre-ordering a copy of "Overground Railroad" from A Cappella.

If you are unable to attend the event, you may pre-order a signed copy of the book for in-store pickup or delivery below:

About the Book

Published from 1936 to 1966, the “Green Book” was hailed as the “black travel guide to America.” At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn’t eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The “Green Book” listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem. It took courage to be listed in the “Green Book,” and “Overground Railroad” celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation. It shows the history of the “Green Book,” how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America. 

About the Author

Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian. Her work has been featured in over 50 media outlets including the New Yorker and The Atlantic. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Denver, Colorado.