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HCSCC Lecture: “Traveling Black, Buying Black”

HCSCC Lecture
“Traveling Black, Buying Black”
Thursday, February 25, 7:00PM
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County presents a live, multimedia history from OAH Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Mia Bay titled “Traveling Black, Buying Black: Race on the Road during the Jim Crow Era.” Dr. Bay will draw from the research for her new book, “Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance,” (Harvard University Press, March 2021).
A history of the African American experience on segregated transportation from the antebellum era to the present day, “Traveling Black” shares the stories of traveling in Jim Crow cars, riding at the back of the bus, and navigating a myriad of discriminatory travel accommodations — from whites-only service stations to segregated airline terminals. Dr. Bay’s history underscores the bitter resentment that black Americans felt toward these humiliations and the fierce resistance of their responses. The book recovers an intertwined history of travel segregation and black struggles for freedom of movement.
The lecture will be broadcast on Zoom and Facebook Live beginning at 7:00PM on Thursday, February 25. Registration is required for Zoom participation.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Organization of American Historians.
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Mia Bay is the Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the author of “The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas About White People 1830-1925” (2000) and “To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells” (2009), and the coauthor, with Waldo E. Martin and Deborah Gray White, of “Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans, With Documents” (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, she taught and directed the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University.