I WAS SO OVERWHELMED WITH THE GREEN BOOK NOTES, THAT I FORGOT A LESSON
MY UNCLE JAMES O. DAVIS AND MY COUSIN BILL GILES, TAUGHT ME ON MOTOR TRIPS SOUTH, "BACK IN THE DAY."
THERE WAS NO INTERSTATE SUPER HIGHWAY LIKE I-95 OR I-85 - U.S. 1 WAS THE MAIN ROAD AND IT PASSED THROUGH LOCAL COMMUNITIES. SO, THE LOGOS / SIGNS
AND THE NAMES OF RESTAURANTS AND MOTELS TOLD THE TRAVELERS ALL THEY
NEEDED TO KNOW. THESE NAME WERE DESIGNED TO AVOID CONFRONTATIONS AND
TO ALERT DRIVERS OF ALL RACES AS TO THE WELCOME THEY WOULD RECEIVE AT
ANY STOPS ALONG THE WAY.
THESE NAMES NEED NO FURTHER EXPLANATION:
THE WHITE ANGEL MOTEL
THE BLACKJACK LODGE
THE BLONDE MERMAID DINER
THE BLACK KETTLE CAFE
I FIND THIS TO BE THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION OF THOSE WHO NEVER VENTURED
SOUTH -- YOUR MONEY WAS GREEN AND WELCOMED EVERY WHERE. THE LEVEL OF SERVICE WAS THE ISSUE. GETTING A CUP OF COFFEE AND SANDWICH TO GO IS NOT THE SAME AS SITTING AT A TABLE AND RELAXING OVER A MEAL. YOU GOT THE COFFEE AND SANDWICH, BUT NOT THE AMBIANCE IF THE NAME OR LOGO WAS NOT GEARED TO YOUR COMPLEXION.
Our history continues to teach me about the trials and tribulations that African Americans had to endure. Although, we may have a great imagination, in addition to the genuine, remarkable talent towards creativity, we are never fully able to imagine what our ancestors actually endured, just to enjoy a car ride. Reading about "The Green Book-Freedom Of The Road" will leave an indelible mark. Furthermore, this article expresses, "the mother of invention," when it was, so very much needed. "The Green Book..." has more than likely been responsible for saving the lives of many African Americans.Thanks
** ED GRANT
The Green Book was news to me but its existence and need was obvious--very interesting!
** JIM McCLUNE - LOS ANGELES
I guess I am among the great unwashed and uninformed. I had never heard of the Green Book in this context. S&H Green stamps came to mind. But do I ever understand the significance of the Green Book and the circumstances that engendered it. Reminds me of the bus trips I took with my mother on the train from Durham to Blackstock, S.C. her native hometown, and to Baltimore. Fried chicken in a shoebox kept us close to the bus and in our seats.
Some friends and I are planning a visit to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro. I will check to see if the Green book is on display there.
^^ LEONARD KING - RALEIGH
THANKS GEORGE, LOVE THIS STUFF! Abundant Blessings.
Carolyn B. - Georgia
Chief, very interesting. Living in "somewhat" integrated N.Y., I had no idea of the necessity of such a guide, very enlightening for me!
ROSE - MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. VIA BROOKLYN