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Independent Feature Project, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY 11201-1122)
Roger Ross Williams (Project Director: October 2012 to present)
Woo Jung Cho (Co Project Director: October 2012 to present)

Traveling While Black

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.

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.

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Project fields:
African American Studies

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 1/31/2014