Cannot Gain Lodging

Because of legal segregation in the South, African Americans were literally not allowed to sleep in many hotels and motels. They would have to sleep in their cars at the side of the road. Black people could not drink from the same water fountain as white people in the South or eat in the same restaurants or go through the same doors anytime they saw a sign that said “for whites only,” and black Americans were often restricted to areas known as ghettos which were poor and did not offer the same educational opportunities or other amenities that white people got in their own neighborhoods.