Join us in welcoming author Keila V. Dawson back to Cover to Cover on Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 EST! She will share her new book, Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book. Pre-order yours today!
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. Check out the free educator's guide (PDF).
Keila V. Dawson worked as a community organizer, educator, and advocate for children with special needs before becoming a children’s author. She is co-editor of NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY, and the forthcoming NO WORLD TOO BIG: YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. And the author of THE KING CAKE BABY and OPENING THE ROAD: VICTOR HUGO GREEN AND HIS GREEN BOOK. Dawson grew up in New Orleans, has lived and worked in the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.