Traveling Black

In studying how segregated transportation worked, and how and why its eradication became so central to the African American freedom struggle, this book examines Black mobility as an enduring focal point of struggles over equality and difference.

Lecture Description

Based on her book Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance, Dr. Bay tells the history of the African American experience on segregated transportation from the antebellum era to the present day. Traveling Black explores what it was like to travel in Jim Crow cars, ride at the back of the bus, and navigate a myriad of discriminatory travel accommodations—from whites-only service stations to segregated airline terminals. It underscores that blacks bitterly resented these humiliations and resisted them fiercely, recovering an intertwined history of travel segregation and black struggles for freedom of movement.


African American Race

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