Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book
by Keila V. Dawson, Illustrated by Alleanna Harris
Publication Date: Jan 26, 2021
List Price: $19.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Beaming Books
Publisher: 1517 Media
Parent Company: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
During a time when taking a trip across the nation could be dangerous for Black Americans, one man crafted a guide that changed the lives of millions.
In the late 1930s when segregation was legal and Black Americans couldn’t visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted to safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it. Green wrote and published a guide that listed places where his fellow Black Americans could be safe in New York City. The guide sold like hot cakes! Soon customers started asking Green to make a guide to help them travel and vacation safely across the nation too. With the help of his mail carrier co-workers and the African American business community, Green’s guide allowed millions of African Americans to travel safely and enjoy traveling across the nation.
In the first picture book about the creation and distribution of The Green Book, author Keila Dawson and illustrator Alleanna Harris tell the story of the man behind it and how this travel guide opened the road for a safer, more equitable America.