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Driving While Black

  • Dates: November 22, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Film screening and conversation/Q&A with director Ric Burns and author Gretchen Sullivan Sorin.

    Based on over a decade of research by acclaimed African American historian Dr. Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, this feature-length documentary is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, and slated for broadcast on PBS during the 2020 season.

    Drawing on a rich archive of material from the period, Driving While Black explores the role of the automobile in the lives of African Americans in the early 20th century, and chronicles a crucial and transformative period in American racial, cultural, and social history.

    Dr. Gretchen Sullivan Sorin is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of Museum Studies (SUNY). She received her Ph.D. in History from UAlbany in 2009. Her research explores the role of the automobile in the lives of African Americans during the Jim Crow era. Her forthcoming book is Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights (February 2020).

    Ric Burns is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, producer and director of historical documentary films. He collaborated with his brother Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward on the landmark PBS series, The Civil War (1990). His acclaimed films for American Experience include Coney Island, Ansel Adams, New York, Eugene O’Neill, Andy Warhol and Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World.

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