Candacy Taylor (MA, 2002) has received three fellowships for her project based on the Negro Motorist Green Book. The fellowships are the Sheila Biddle Ford Fellowship with Henry Louis Gates Jr. at Harvard University, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship Program.
Taylor will also be giving a multimedia presentation at the Bay Area Book Festival on Sunday, June 5th at 3:15 in Berkeley, California. The talk, entitled The Untold Story of Route 66, examines why black people aren’t nostalgic about the nation’s favorite highway. Tickets for the festival are available here.
Taylor explains, “The ‘Green Book,’ was a travel guide published from 1936-1966 by a postal worker named Victor H. Green. It featured restaurants, hotels, barbershops, beauty parlors, taverns, garages and gas stations that were willing to serve black people.” She has produced a video for the National Park Service on the Green Book and Route 66. More information about the Green Book project is available here.