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Driving While Black


The automobile and the highway brought a promise of adventure, agency and self-expression to African Americans in particular. With powerful feelings, frightening hope and fraught of danger and anxiety, they resonate a still-relevant narrative of freedom, mobility, and race in America.Part One of the educational version of Driving While Black discusses the root of racism in America, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, the Great Migration, the birth of the automobile, the myth of mobility in America and the dangers of road travel during segregation.Part Two celebrates Black entrepreneurship, introduces The Green Book, highway construction and its impact, the cruel reality of ‘driving while Black’ in contemporary society and the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights in America.


    "An extremely rich and detailed PBS documentary, exploring the long history of restrictions on Black movement, from slavery through the present."
    Brian Lowry
  • Arizona Republic
    "Informative, infuriating and almost shockingly of the moment even when addressing issues 400 years ago, it is two hours well spent."
    Bill Goodykoontz

Festival Participation

  • Martha's Vineyard Film Festival - 2019
    Official Selection

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