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Navigating Jim Crow: The Negro Motorist Green Book and the Power of Black Mobility

Thursday, Mar. 12, 6–8:30 p.m. in our Daniels Auditorium

Livestream available here

We are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in light of Governor Roy Cooper’s State of Emergency Declaration on March 10, 2020. The health and wellbeing of visitors, staff and volunteers is our highest priority.

Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and guidance from the NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR), “Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and the Power of Black Mobility” will go on as planned. However, we are taking increased measures for the health and safety of our guests and staff.

If you are exhibiting symptoms of illness, we thank you in advance for staying home.

If you are “at-risk,” guidance from the CDC and NC Department of Health and Human Safety (DHHS) strongly encourages you to avoid large gatherings for your health and the safety of others. DHHS indicates those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are people:

• Over 65 years of age
• With underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or
• With weakened immune systems

In light of these considerations, you may connect with the panel discussion virtually via livestream at 7:00 p.m. on 3/12/2020. Join the discussion here.

You may also be able to view the documentary through your cable provider or streaming service. Click here to learn more.

Here are some additional measures of guidance:

• Wash your hands frequently and with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds each time during the program.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and dispose of it immediately.
• Do not reuse a tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

Moderator: Deborah Holt Noel, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina

Join us for a screening of The Green Book Guide to Freedom (TVPG rating: TV-PG; run time: 60 min.), a Smithsonian Channel documentary, in our Daniels Auditorium. Following the screening, Noel will moderate a panel discussion on black mobility in North Carolina during the Jim Crow era.

Panelists include:

  • Aya Shabu, professional dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist.
  • Andre Nabors, Partner Relations Manager for Visit North Carolina
  • Dr. Blair LM Kelley, author, historian, Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Associate Professor of History at NC State University.
  • Tiffany Tolbert, Senior Field Officer for National Trust for Historic Preservation

Light refreshments will be available, and a copy of the Green Book will be on display in the lobby.

Our Daniels Auditorium can seat 300 people, so this free event will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Made possible, in part, by the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and its Oasis Spaces Project and by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of IMLS.