The focus of the outstanding new movie, The Green Book, is on a concert tour that included the Deep South made by Dr. Don Shirley, a brilliant African-American classical pianist. He is accompanied by Tony Vallelonga, a white man from the Bronx as his driver and bodyguard. Their experiences, portrayed as happening over an eight-week tour in late 1962, actually occurred over the course of multiple tours extending over 18 months.
The Negro Motorist Green Book was a guide for African Americans first published in 1936 advising them where they could find food, lodging, and gas stations that would serve them as they traveled in the South. The year 1962 is well within the lifetimes of many of us and right before the passage of the radically transformative Civil Rights Act of 1964 that opened up public accommodations without regard to race.