Green Book: Guide to Freedom

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, nearly 70 community members gathered in the Barack Obama Auditorium at the Morgan Branch Library for a special screening of a new documentary film.

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s.

The Library partnered with Black Wall Street Jersey City to host acclaimed director Yoruba Richen for a screening of her new documentary The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, which explores the segregated nation's safe havens and notorious "sundown towns," and witnesses stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.

Co-hosts Gillian Sarjeant-Allen and Courtney Sloane of Black Wall Street Jersey City led a conversation with Richen about the film and why the story of the Green Book still matters so much today.

Among the attendees of the screening were State Senator Sandra Cunningham, Library Director Priscilla Gardner, and Library Board of Trustees President Curt Harris. The Library was delighted to provide this opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to learn the fascinating story of this important book and the many Americans whose lives it touched.