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Jan. 15

Jan. 15, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

MCC to host author, lecturer Lawrence Ross as part of
Black History Month event lineup

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host “The Root Trip: Modern Day Travels with the ‘Negro Motorist Green-Book’,” a presentation by author and lecturer Lawrence Ross. The event will take place Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:30-8 p.m. inside room 120 of the Industrial Training Center at the College South Omaha Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2017, Lawrence Ross researched the African-American traveling experience by automobile from Los Angeles to Virginia. Using Victor Green’s famous ‘Negro Motorist Green-Book’ from 1936 as his guide, Ross explored where African-American travelers could safely stop, buy gas, eat and spend the night. Ross will share the results of his travel research, photo journalism and interviews during the presentation.

Funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, this presentation enables community members to explore African-American history and the dangers of traveling across the United States by automobile while subjected to Jim Crow laws of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

For more information about the presentation, contact Barbara Velazquez at 531-MCC-2253. For additional information on Black History Month events, visit


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.