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Driving While Black – a documentary and conversation with Dr. Gretchen Sorin & Ric Burns

May 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America – a ground-breaking, two-hour documentary film by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy-winning director Ric Burns – aired on PBS on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020. The film examines the history of African Americans on the road from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s and beyond. The film explores deeply embedded dynamics of race, space and mobility in America – focusing in particular on the experience of African Americans navigating the nation’s highways during the last four decades of Jim Crow – one of the most crucial, turbulent and transformative periods in American history. With urgent and powerful reverberations in American society today, this riveting history – at once revelatory, deeply troubling, and inspiring for what it reveals about human courage, creativity, and commitment to change – provides a crucial window on issues of class, automobile culture, discrimination and national identity.” View the full two hour documentary at


“Steeplechase Films is partnering with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience to present Race, Space & Mobility in America, a major national public engagement initiative, based on the documentary film Driving While Black (2020), to foster and enhance awareness, civic dialogue and historical understanding of the contemporary phrase “driving while Black.”  UREC, as a member of International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, is collaborating with the Coalition to bring this compelling doucmentary and conversation to the community.


A Zoom link to this event will be emailed to you by Mary Liz Stewart once your name and email have been sent to Mary Liz Stewart at

The Zoom link will be emailed by Tuesday morning, May 25.


Driving While Black – Description

Bios for Gretchen Sorin and Ric Burns





May 25, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Mary Liz Stewart