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Speakers to discuss Green Book experiences

Posted on July 23, 2021

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The Green Book was both a travel guide and a tool of resistance designed to confront the realities of racial discrimination in the United States and beyond.

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The Green Book was both a travel guide and a tool of resistance designed to confront the realities of racial discrimination in the United States and beyond.

Bryant

Bryant

ROCKY MOUNT — The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences’ Maria V. Howard Arts Center will hold a series of programs as an extension of its exhibit, “Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina.”

The exhibit will be displayed until Aug. 13 and highlights Green Book listings specific to Rocky Mount.

When Blacks traveled during the Jim Crow era, they often were turned away from staying at certain hotels and eating at particular restaurants. The Green Book was published yearly from 1937-67 and listed Black-owned businesses and Black-friendly businesses across the country.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Vannette Pittman Woods will speak about her experiences growing up in her family business, the Lincoln Park Motel and Restaurant.

Pittman Woods will be joined at 1 p.m. Wednesday by former state Sen. Angela Bryant. The two will read from “Ruth and the Green Book,” and lead a discussion geared toward children.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Bryant will talk about her family’s business, the Wright’s Motel and Chick Shack.

All programs will be held at the Imperial Centre. For more information, call 252-972-1175.

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