Green Book: Historic travel guidebook created by and for African Americans

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Green Book

This year’s Academy Award for Best Picture went to ‘Green Book’. The story is set in America’s deep south in the early 1960s, with a black classical pianist being driven on tour, by a white driver.

What many moviegoers were not aware of before they watched the film, is that the “Green Book” was an actual book – or more precisely, a guide book for travel written for a very specific audience.

CGTN’s June-wei Sum has more.

Yoruba Richen discusses the ‘Green Book’: a travel guidebook historically created by and for African-Americans

CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Yoruba Richen, director of the docuementary ‘ The Green Book: Guide to Freedom’ abour the guidebook published between 1936 and 1967 to serve African-American travelers during a time when segregation was still enforced.