MetroFocus | October 13, 2020

From slavery, to Jim Crow, to the civil rights era, and into modern day, PBS’ new documentary “Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility In America” chronicles the riveting history of Black Americans and their complex relationship to the road, the automobile and the series of paradoxes that relationship has engendered. Tonight, the film’s directors- acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin and award-winning documentarian Ric Burns join us on this exploration of how the right to move freely and safely across America has been circumscribed by race.

For more information on “Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility In America,” click here.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.