The Mark Twain House & Museum and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center present TRAVELING BLACK: A Story of Race and Resistance, featuring Dr. Mia Bay in conversation with Dr. Raymond Arsenault.
“This extraordinary book is a powerful addition to the history of travel segregation. Traveling Black reveals how travel discrimination transformed over time from segregated trains to buses and Uber rides. Mia Bay shows that Black mobility has always been a struggle.”—Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist. A riveting, character-rich account of racial segregation in America that reveals just how central travel restrictions were to the creation of Jim Crow laws—and why “traveling Black” has been at the heart of the quest for racial justice ever since.
Why have white supremacists and Black activists been so focused on Black mobility? From Plessy v. Ferguson to #DrivingWhileBlack, African Americans have fought for over a century to move freely around the United States. Curious as to why so many cases contesting the doctrine of “separate but equal” involved trains and buses, Mia Bay went back to the sources with some basic questions: How did travel segregation begin? Why were so many of those who challenged it in court women? How did it move from one form of transport to another, and what was it like to be caught up in this web of contradictory rules?
This program is offered free of charge, but donations — to be shared equally by The Mark Twain House & Museum and The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center — are welcome and deeply appreciated. Signed copies of TRAVELING BLACK will be available for purchase during the event through the Mark Twain Store.