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On America: Alvin Hall on Driving the Green Book with Jelani Cobb

February 28, 2023

Award-winning broadcaster, political activist, and renowned financial educator Alvin Hall guided us along his tour-de-force journey through the history of segregation: Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance. In this moving, vital story of our past, Hall travels from New York to Detroit to New Orleans using the former Green Book— the guide that helped Black people travel safely on the nation’s highways and roadways—as a guide, and collects the memories of the last living witnesses who struggled under segregation and for whom the Green Book meant survival. Columbia University professor and New Yorker correspondent Jelani Cobb (The Essential Kerner Commission Report) joined Hall for a discussion on this essential and hopeful chronicle of Black resilience and resistance, through segregation and beyond.

In Conversation

  • Alvin Hall is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, author, political activist, and renowned financial educator. His numerous radio programs include The Tulsa Tragedy That Shamed America (2021, BBC Radio 4), The Green Book (2016, BBC Radio 4), and Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Board Room (BBC Radio 4). For five years on the BBC, he hosted the highly rated and award-winning series, Your Money or Your Life, on which he offered both practical financial and psychological advice.

    Photo Credit: Jim Franco

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    Jelani Cobb

    Jelani Cobb

    A staff writer at the New Yorker, Jelani Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. The recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations, he lives in New York.