• Traveling While Black

    Project Director(s):
    Woo Jung Cho, Roger Ross Williams
    Author(s):
    Roger Ross Williams
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    African American studies
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    Independent Feature Project
    Tag(s):
    Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, NEH Digital Humanities, NEH White papers
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/M6MH18
    Abstract:
    The history of African American travel is one of the great untold American stories. We seek a Level I Start-Up Grant to support the collaboration between humanities scholars and interactive designers to develop a choice-driven, exploratory game that places players directly in the shoes of African American travelers of the past. Through the game mechanics, players will explore the nature of prejudice, how it manifests, and the discrimination African Americans had to endure during the pre-civil rights era. The game will engage students and allow them to make strategic decisions, developing problem solving and systems thinking skills. Players will gain a rich and complex understanding of this important period in our nation’s history that continues to have contemporary resonance. The learning experience within the game will be augmented by the other platforms--documentary film, web series and digital cultural mapping--that make up the Traveling While Black (TWB) transmedia project.
    Notes:
    A two-day workshop led by Games for Change that will result in the development of a proof-of-concept prototype for a game based on The Negro Motorist Green Book, first published in 1936 with advice for African Americans traveling in the Jim Crow South.
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    Last Updated:
    6 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial

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