You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, December 8, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Le Café, Morris. Dr. Gretchen Sorin, Professor of Cooperstown Graduate Program, will present a talk titled, “Driving While Black: African Americans on the Road in the Era of Jim Crow.” Abstract: The Chronicles of the history of African Americans and their automobiles from the 1930’s to the 1960’s – a crucial and transformative period in American racial, cultural, and social history. As African Americans navigated the brave new world of the automobile and the highway in the last four decades of Jim Crow America – from the depths of the Depression to the heyday of the Civil Rights movement, they seized opportunities for mobility and freedom in the American landscape as never before. They also confronted challenges and dangers unknown to white drivers and travelers. The automobile and the highway were dramatically changing the external and internal geography of America – socially, economically, politically, culturally, and technologically – beyond recognition. Based on Dr. Sorin’s doctoral dissertation and soon to become a two-hour documentary film, Driving While Black is a history that shines a bright light on today’s relationships between African Americans and law enforcement.
Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to December 6. Vegetarian meals are available.