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On-Site Musical Performance: A Night at the Savoy

February 23 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Believed to be inspired by the earlier Jewish Vacation Guide, which catalogued hotels that welcomed Jewish travelers, The Green Book was cherished by Black travelers and touring Black musicians: it was a guide to vibrant neighborhoods like New York City’s Harlem, Chicago’s Bronzeville, and Washington, D.C.’s U Street.

As the Black middle class emerged across America in the early 1920s, widespread automobile ownership opened new opportunities to travel – but Jim Crow laws still posed a threat. Life in this era shifted significantly, forging a system of laws and customs that segregated public spaces and enforced racial inequality. Navigating the injustices of racial segregation was difficult and, at times, dangerous – even for renowned Black artists. Touring was regarded as the hardest part of the job.

Celebrate the works of Black artists with a Green Book era-inspired performance by Chicago’s Emmy-Award winning trumpeter, composer and educator Orbert Davis and his Jazz Quartet. Sip on a free signature cocktail and dance the night away as we pay tribute to the history, impact and classics of the Green Book era of American music.

Register for this FREE program: https://ihm.ec/savoy

“The Negro Motorist Green Book” was created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with Candacy Taylor and made possible through the generous support of Exxon Mobil Corporation.


Presenting Sponsors – Allstate & Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust

Additional Funders – Katherine Gates; Golder Family Foundation

Community Partners: Th­e Chicago Crusader; Chicago History Museum; Chicago State University Program in History and Africana Studies; Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, University of Illinois Chicago; Shorefront Legacy Center



February 23
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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