Digital Green Book Website

Birdwatching. BBQ'ing in a park. Browsing a store. Eating at a restaurant. These activities can be either fun and enjoyable or dangerous and deadly, depending on the color of your skin.

In 1936, the first edition of The Negro Traveller’s Green Book was published by a Black man named Victor H. Green, in Harlem, New York. The Green Book provided a directory of Black-friendly businesses, from restaurants to gas stations, mechanics to doctors, so that Black travelers could protect themselves from discomfort and danger by planning ahead.

The original Green Book stated, "The purpose of the Green book is to give the negro traveller information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassment, and to make his trip enjoyable.” 

It also said, “There will be a time in the future when this guide will not have to be published.” The last print edition was published in 1966-1967, as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed racial discrimination. Unfortunately, as we know all too well, just because something is written into law doesn't necessarily mean it's no longer happening.

In 2020, two Black women plan to launch the first nation wide digital version of the Green Book, providing a crowd-sourced database of businesses, parks, restaurants, stores, and towns that Black people can feel safe traveling to and through.

It’s like Yelp, but for inclusivity.

On this website, users can submit business locations they feel safe in, as well as businesses owned/operated by people of marginalized identities. Users can rate a business on a range of things, such as courtesy of staff, ADA compliance, sense of personal safety as it relates to their identity, gender neutral bathrooms, and more. 
We take it even further...

Also available on our website:

- Resources to help businesses self-audit for inclusiveness
- Resources to help businesses improve
- Referrals to Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity trainers

• It’s like if a restaurant listed on Yelp got a bad review for cooking, and  then provided the restaurant with cooking classes to help them become better.
• There will be a range of free to paid options for these resources.

If we raise enough money, we will be able to increase the intersectionality of this database, to ensure we can provide additional resources for those from other marginalized communities, such as the LGBTQIA+ community, those who need ADA/Accessibility information, and more. 

The idea-makers behind this, Crystal Egli & Parker McMullen-Bushman, have drafted a sample website and outlined everything they ever dreamed of for its features. However, they are also two women with full time jobs, kids, no web designing experience, and are board members and community organizers as well. The money raised here would go to hiring a Black web designer to help Crystal and Parker see their dream turned into reality. 

Money raised over our initial $25,000 goal will be dedicated to growing the website and the services and programs it offers.

To learn more details about this project, please visit InclusiveJourneys.com.

- Crystal & Parker

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  • Anonymous 
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Crystal Egli 
Organizer
Denver, CO
Chantel Friedrich 
Team member
Charnell Parker McMullen Bushman 
Team member
Jamaica Elliott 
Team member
Kelsey Mazur 
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