Pingy-Dingy Wednesday – Mary Jacobsen’s “The Morning Show”

Always thoughtful, interesting, and kind, Mary Jacobsen interviews fascinating people on “The Morning Show” every week. A recent episode featured Dr. Gretchen Sorin, discussing “her book and PBS documentary, ‘Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights’ which explores the history of restricted movement for African Americans dating from the era of slavery past Emancipation into Reconstruction and beyond to the present. The car, Sorin explains, opened up new possibilities for African Americans to enjoy the open road, and thereby prompted the creation of what she describes as a “parallel, unseen world of black motorists, who relied on travel guides, black only businesses, and informal communications networks to keep them safe.” These guides included the famous Green Book, which helped grant black Americans that most basic American rite, the family vacation. Sorin also addresses the pivotal role cars played in the Civil Rights movement, including their role in the success of the Montgomery bus boycott.”

Mary in the Morning, you get one pingy-dingy! Thank you for your unfailing interest in this big beautiful world, and for introducing us to people and topics that make our lives so much richer!

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I’m a typewriter whompin’, card catalogue lovin’ white girl from back in the day, and I yearn for a time before the covers of trade paperbacks were all squidgy, so you can imagine that I don’t actually understand what a pingback is. I do know that it can in some way be part of spreading the love, and since that’s what I’m all about at The Total Femme… every Wednesday, I pay homage to the laughter, love, and inspiration to be had elsewhere online.

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”)