White Man’s Road Through Black Man’s Home: 1968
This is a poster designed by Sammie Abbott of the Emergency Committee for the Transportation Crisis in 1968 that encapsulated the group’s fight against planned freeways in the District of Columbia.
In January 1967, Abbott used the words “a white man’s road...through black men’s homes,” in testimony before the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) on the North Central Freeway.
Abbott may have used the words first, but Reginald Booker turned them into a slogan that galvanized black opposition to new highways and put the issue in stark racial terms. Abbott, a graphic arts designer, produced the dozens of posters and flyers that featured it.
The group would successfully lead a confrontational fight against new freeways, for public takeover of the private bus company and for construction of the new Metrorail system that resulted in almost complete victory against powerful opponents.
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Produced by Sammie Abbott. The poster is housed in the ECTC Collection in the Washingtonia Division of the D.C. Library.