An African American man reads a road map while leaning against a car.

Premiering Oct. 13: ‘Driving While Black’ Explores Race, Space and Mobility in America

October 11, 2020 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

PBS Wisconsin invites you to explore the role of the automobile in the lives of African Americans during the 20th century with Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America, premiering 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Created by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy-winning director Ric Burns, Driving While Black examines the history of African Americans on the road during the last four decades of Jim Crow – one of the most turbulent and transformative periods in American racial, cultural, social and political history.

With themes echoing American society today, this history provides a window on issues of class, gender, law enforcement, discrimination, automobile culture and national identity. View a trailer and broadcast times here.