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Biography of the Green Book

The Green Book, published by Victor H. Green, is one of the most important travel guides ever published. It was specifically geared toward African Americans during the era of segregation in the United States from 1936 to 1966.


The Green Book was first published in 1936 and contained just eight pages. It was a resource directory for African American travelers, as segregation was very much a reality at the time. The guide contained listings of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and more that accepted African American patrons. In the 1940s, the guide expanded to include both domestic and international listings and was an indispensable source of information for African American travelers. The guide was published for nearly 30 years, until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made segregation illegal and African American travelers were no longer banned from many businesses.


The Green Book was a life-saving resource for African American travelers in the era of segregation. Without the Green Book, they risked being turned away from establishments they needed while traveling, such as being unable to find accommodations. Without the Green Book, they could have been subject to dangerous situations or even violence.


The legacy of the Green Book is a reminder of the difficult past experienced by African Americans in the United States and serves as a reminder of the progress toward civil rights that has taken place. Its influence is still felt today as a reminder for all travelers to be aware of the rights, safety, and acceptance that should be given to all, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Notable Places Mentioned in the Green Book

  • Alabama: Birmingham National Bank
  • Florida: Dr. C. Alvin’s Hospitality Room
  • Louisiana: Hotel New Orleans
  • Mississippi: Hollis Wright Funeral Home
  • New York: The Dark Tower, Cosmo’s Bar and Grill
  • Texas: Texas State Hotel

The Green Book is an important part of American history and is an important reminder of the progress that has been made in civil rights. It was essential for African American travelers during the era of segregation and is still an important reminder for travelers to be aware of their rights and safety in different places.


Mostafa Saady, Egyptian Software Engineer, supersonic self-learner and teacher, fond of learning and exploring new technologies and science. As a self-taught professional I really know the hard parts and the difficult topics when learning new or improving on already-known languages. This background and experience enables me to focus on the most relevant key concepts and topics.

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