BLACK MOBILITY_ The Public & Private Black Travel Space in the Era of Jim Crow




Landscape dotted with sunset Towns
Bomb dropped on black wall street
Concern along poute 66
Don't like the sun catch


Black Motorist Green Book
We can sleep here


splashing fun along the waters edge


Miles to go
Carry one you may need it
Forty going north


Graham's rib station
St. Louis here I come


Go west young man
1st. rest stop across mason-dixon line
Perception and proportion

Beyond Mobility - The Public & Private Black Travel Space during the Era of Jim Crow, conceptualizes transferential experiences as imagery. Reimagining relativity through fragmental strategies within the visual discourse and the politics of mobility, that both limit and empowers resistance related to the systemic obstacles to equal opportunity and equal justice. The racial politics of mobility is a framework to interpret travel not simply as an abstract journey from point to point, but as a physical movement invested with social meaning and embedded within the infrastructure of power.


As Black people began owning automobiles, their ability to travel, acquire overnight lodging, food and services, without insult or injury while traveling pass Sunset Towns along their way, was a constant concern. On trains, Black travelers were segregated by curtains or subject to inferior black only spaces. And the bus, it became a major actor in the struggle for Civil Rights, in particular the Montgomery bus boycott (1955), the use of the bus for the March on Washington (1963), Freedom summer (1964) and School Busing during the 1970’s.

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