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The “Driving the Green Book” podcast will be available on all streaming platforms Tuesday. (Photo: Macmillan Podcasts)

The idea of giving someone a ride home after a meeting doesn’t seem like a daunting feat. But if you were driving while Black in the 1950s and ’60s, it certainly could be.

Jim Crow segregation and intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan and other groups often led to tense encounters for Black travelers or even life-or-death situations. Many relied on Victor Hugo Green’s “The Negro Motorist’s Green Book”, a travel guide for African Americans, to help them avoid risk.

One night sometime in the 1960s, Hank Sanders, now a 77-year old Alabama senator, offered to drop a white woman off on his way home from a meeting. As they were driving down a dark road in Alabama, a truck began to tail him.

“He knew it was the kind of truck