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WELCOME to Our Production Website!

Check out our trailer in the VIDEO TRAILER tab

UPCOMING EVENT THURSDAY, JULY 14TH:

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We have been invited to screen a new 20:00 Work-in-Progress segment of our film for the “Reflections on the Green Book” event at the MARCH ON WASHINGTON FILM FESTIVAL Thursday, July 14th from 6:30-9:00pm at the US Navy Museum, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW; Calvin Alexander Ramsey will be on the panel; For tickets and more information about this festival that runs from 7/13 to 7/23 in Washington DC, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-on-washington-film-festival-begins-july-13-2016-until-july-23-2016-tickets-25764379954

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CONGRATULATIONS to Calvin for being nominated for the NAACP NYCHA Just R.E.A.D. (Recognize Education Achieves Destiny) Literacy Development Endeavor Award for “Ruth and the Green Book”! Ceremony and celebration at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC July 7, 2016

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Want to help support completion of this project that has grown from an initial short film into a one hour documentary? See our DONATE tab in the menu above to make a tax deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsors, The Len Ragozin Foundation in NYC. Or visit their site directly and search The Green Book Chronicles: http://www.lenragozinfoundation.org

Heartfelt thanks to all those who donated to our Indiegogo campaign, the Len Ragozin Fundraiser, and/or have made private donations so far… We love our angels!

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Honored to have our film featured in major publications (see more listed below and to the right in our News and Events Archive):

NEW YORK TIMES article by Eve M. Kahn 8/15:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/arts/design/the-green-book-legacy-a-beacon-for-black-travelers.html?_r=0

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SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE article by Jacinda Townsend

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-green-book-african-american-travelers-180958506/

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Above: Historic photo from the Hotel Dumas in Roanoke, VA, listed in the Green Book, and (on the right) the Dumas today, one of the few Green Book listings still standing

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Above left: 1956 Green Book cover, courtesy of South Caroliniana Library; Right: Live action crew on location in Harlem, (l to r) Co-Producer, Calvin Alexander Ramsey; Production Assistant, TJ Jones; Director/Co-Producer, Becky Wible Searles, and Cinematographer, Rob Niosi (photo by Jimmy E. Searles)

 

GREEN_BOOK_script_11_14Calvin Ramsey’s play THE GREEN BOOK is now available in script form via this Writer’s Union link. http://www.nwuny.org/Calvin-Alexander-Ramsey.html

Check out Calvin Ramsey’s profile in HUMANS OF NEW YORK: facebook.com/humansofnewyork/photos/a.102107073196735.4429.102099916530784/958248650915902/

 

 

 

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Above: Pages from the 1960 Green Book, New York Public Library / Schomburg Center online collection

To view complete Green Books online:

The Green Books Collection (approximately 25 books in the largest known collection) at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC (Division of the New York Public Library): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/the-green-book#/?tab=about

1949 Edition at the University of Michigan                         http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Race/R_Casestudy/Negro_motorist_green_bk.htm

1956 Spring Edition at the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC: http://library.sc.edu/digital/collections/greenbook.html

Small collections of Green Books can also be found in research archives across the country, such as the following locations in Atlanta, GA: Manuscript and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University, Auburn Avenue Library of Research on African American Culture and History, and Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library.

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Did YOU or anyone you know ever use the Green Book to travel or have a listing in it? If so, we’d love to hear your story to consider for this or future films.

Do you have an original Green Book? We’d love to see it! See Contact Us above right.

Left: Becky Wible Searles (Director/Co-Producer) and Calvin Alexander Ramsey (Co-Producer) / Below: Associate Producers from Miami: Dr. Michael R. Ragan and Dr. Deborah V. Payton George

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Ads from Green Books: Upper left: 1954; Above: 1947

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ABOUT OUR FILM

THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES:

Connecting with Victor Green’s Travel Guides for African-Americans 1936-67

This live action documentary with animation aspires to be “Ken Burns + NPR StoryCorps + mixed-media animation”.  Co-produced by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles (Director), the film is inspired by Ramsey’s extensive research and creative projects focusing on the 1936-67 travel guide series, “The Negro Motorist Green Book”, expanded in later years of publication to include international destinations and renamed “The Negro Travelers Green Book”. Currently in production as a one hour film, the live interviews, motion media, and animation segments explore a range of personal experiences connected to this little known Civil Rights era story. Aiming for middle and high school audiences as well as adults in general, the goal is to complete the project in 2016 with the help of crowd-funding, grants, and private donations. (See our DONATE tab above for more information.)

Published by Harlem-based U. S. Post Office letter carrier, Victor H. Green, between 1936 and 1967 as a travel guide for African-Americans during the days of Jim Crow laws, the “Green Book” listed the addresses of tourist homes, gas stations, restaurants, beauty parlors, and other establishments that welcomed African-Americans during times when many others did not. Even outside the deep South, travel could be inconvenient, embarrassing, or even dangerous if you were not white. The books were available at ESSO gas stations and other African American-friendly businesses, even including some white-owned establishments. Interestingly there were no phone numbers listed in the book, only addresses, so patrons would simply show up and be invited in, somewhat like a 20th century Underground Railroad.

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For more about the connections between the Green Books, ESSO gas stations, and the U. S. Post Office, visit our “Stories and Histories” tab above, including personal family reflections by one of our interviewees, Curtis Graves. See “Scenes from the GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES Interview Sessions” below for more about some of the many other stories shared with us.

Our latest filming in New York City (August 2015) focused on the Jacob Lawrence “Migration Series” at the Museum of Modern Art, with curator Leah Dickerman; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with Associate Chief Librarian Maira Liriano featuring their collection of Green Books (known to be largest in existence); and several other locations in Harlem including legendary jazz club, Minton’s as well as exteriors of both Victor Green’s former publishing office and apartment (Green lived across the street from Duke Ellington). We were also honored to meet Ramona Green, niece by marriage of Victor Green, and her grandson, Brian Green. Ramona’s father-in-law, William, co-published the Green Books with his brother Victor, for a time.

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Above top: Director/Co-Producer Becky Wible Searles and Co-Producer Calvin Ramsey meet Ramona Green (niece by marriage of Victor Green) and Ramona’s grandson, Brian Green, before the shoot at the Schomburg Center; Lower left: Associate Chief Librarian Maira Liriano reviews the Schomburg’s extensive collection of Green Books with Becky;  Lower right: Ramona and Brian see the Schomburg collection for the first time (photos by Jimmy Searles)

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Above: Mural from Minton’s in Harlem, NYC, originally known as Minton’s Playhouse, jazz club and bar on the first floor of the Cecil Hotel, featuring jam sessions in the 1940’s that gave birth to the new sound of bebop (photos above and below by Jimmy E. Searles)

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Below: One of 60 paintings from Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” at the Museum of Modern Art

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Ramona Green with Howard Glener, whose father was an early printer of the Green Books (photo by Jimmy E. Searles)

During our New York shoot we added more interviews and travel stories, both planned and unplanned, including a surprise visit by Howard Glener, son of the printer of the Green Books from the 1930s-40s, who remembers meeting Victor Green as a child! Our New York team consisted of Rob Niosi (Cinematography / Audio),  Jimmy Searles (Research / Photography), and TJ Jones (Production Assistant) with post production in Atlanta by Zach White (Editor), Beau Jimenez (Audio), and John Peterson (Colorist). Original music for the “Mapping Jim Crow” animation was created by Hank Roberts and Tenzin of Lyra Music. Additional animation and artwork elements are currently in progress by Atlanta artist/animator, Kodi Bobo, and motion graphics artist, Kelly Turner.

With the initial intention of creating a short film, this project was started in late summer of 2012 by several student teams, eventually totaling 30 students in TV Producing, Animation, and Motion Media courses at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta campus under Animation Professor Becky Wible Searles’ direction, with pro bono help from professionals: Professor James Arnold (SCAD Atlanta Film and TV / TV Producing), Jimmy E. Searles (Research / Photography), Professor Sandro Imperato (SCAD Atlanta Motion Media), and Marty McPherson (Production Photography). The next year saw contributions by 25 students from the SCAD Atlanta Illustration department, coordinated by Professors Rick Lovell and Mike Lowery. The  experience provided powerful “real world” subject matter for student assignments, aiming for completion of a short film. However, over time the tremendous out-pouring of more stories than we could ever imagine along with an explosion of interest in this subject called for a regrouping to support expanded production to a one hour film with professional crew…. which is where we are now.

 

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        Above: Calvin Alexander Ramsey and his award-winning children’s book                    (photo by Calvin Alexander Ramsey)

Calvin Ramsey’s creative journey with the Green Book began when he wrote a fictional stage play by the same name that premiered to sellout audiences at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit (www.theatricaloutfit.org). The play was named a finalist in the 12th Annual Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska, in June 2004 where it was critiqued by theatrical luminaries such as Edward Albee and Patricia Neal. Further readings were staged at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York, directed by George Ferencz and Baltimore Hebrew University, co-sponsored by the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP, the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Civil rights leader, Julian Bond, was included in a cameo role as Victor Green when the play moved on to a reading at the restored Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC.

Translating the material for a younger audience, Ramsey wrote his award-winning children’s book, “Ruth and the Green Book”, with illustrations by Floyd Cooper. In 2011, Jon Ludwig, Artistic Director of Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts, collaborated with Calvin to turn the children’s book into a theatrical production at CPA that combined live actors, puppets, and animation, including original music by S. Renee Clark and a video-taped afterword by Georgia’s Congressman John Lewis (www.puppet.org/perform/ruthgreenbook.shtml).

Becky took a large group of SCAD Atlanta Animation students to see “Ruth and the Green Book” at the Center for Puppetry Arts, met Calvin, and invited him to come speak to students at SCAD about being an author and playwright. Eventually Calvin asked Becky, “Any interest in making a short documentary together interviewing people I know who have used the Green Book?” and she happily answered, “Sure, as long as we can include some animation!”

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Becky with animated creatures from her company, One Eighty One Productions, New York City 1998 (photo by Chris Sippel)

 

Becky has been a professor of animation at SCAD , first for 7 years in Savannah and now in her 7th year on the Atlanta campus. She owned her own production company in New York City for 14 years, specializing in clay, stop motion, and mixed-media animation, often combining it with live action for clients such as Nickelodeon, National Geographic, AT&T, Showtime, and Kool-Aid and can be seen on camera in two episodes of the PBS series “Reading Rainbow”. She is also a mixed-media sculptor and collaborates with her husband, Jimmy, recently forming Piktoglyph LLC for a variety of art, film, and writing projects. Becky grew up in northern Ohio, hearing that family ancestors had owned a tavern on Lake Erie rumored to be a stop on the Underground Railway.

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 Scenes from GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES Interview Sessions

(Production Note: Many of the interviews are shot on green screen in a studio so that other backgrounds, such as photographs, maps, etc. can be added into the final composite, similar to techniques used for combining TV studio weather reporters with background maps and graphics)

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Above: World War II veteran, Wilbert Verrett, and his wife, Dr. Joyce Verrett, talk about using the Green Book in 1964 to find Crosby’s Motel for their honeymoon in Pensacola, FL (photo by Jimmy E. Searles)

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While shooting exteriors in Harlem, we met artist Paula Wynter, who asked us what we were doing. When we told her we were making a film about the Green Book, she said her family used it to travel & agreed to be interviewed on the spot! Her stories were so powerful we have been providing them as clips for Calvin’s radio interviews.

Left: Paula Wynter getting ready for her impromptu interview for the film with Calvin (photo by Jimmy E. Searles)

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Above: Calvin Ramsey (left) interviews Charles Yarbrough in his home in Harlem (photo by Jimmy E. Searles)

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Above: Ambassador Theo Britton shows his recent Congressional Gold Medal (highest civilian award in the United States) for diplomatic service, including being a Marine in World War II and the first American Ambassador to Barbados and Grenada (photo by Marty McPherson)

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Above: Freddye and Jake Henderson outside of Henderson Travel, Atlanta, the first accredited African-American owned travel agency in the United States, opened in 1955 (photo courtesy of the Freddye Henderson Archives, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta)

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Above: SCAD TV Producing student, David Howell, helps Shirley Henderson Coleman get ready for her interview about Henderson Travel Agency, owned by her parents (photo by Jimmy E. Searles)

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Above: SCAD TV Producing student, Bernard Jackson, reviews and logs some of the over seven hours of initial interview footage to prepare for editing. On the left screen is Gary Kirksey speaking about his grandmother, Mary Jackson’s house in Alliance, Ohio that was listed as a tourist home in the Green Book. On the right screen, Curtis Graves, first African American Representative in the Texas State House since the late 1800’s, shares stories about using the Green Book from his father’s ESSO gas station to travel to Miami; You can see more about Curtis Graves’ personal stories in the “Stories and Histories” tab above. (photo by Marty McPherson)

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Above: Phillis Holliday talks about traveling internationally through her job at United Airlines in the 1960’s (photo by Jimmy E. Searles)

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Above: Calvin Ramsey interviews Wellington Cox Howard II about his grandmother, Ethel Cox, who owned a home in Indianola, MS that was listed in the Green Book for tourists (photo by Marty McPherson)

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Above: SCAD Atlanta TV Producing students taking a break in the SCAD TV production studio while assisting with interview shoots, audio recording, research, and logging over seven hours of initial footage for “The Green Book Chronicles”, supervised by Prof. James Arnold. From left to right: Morgan Dixon, Kelly Rose Magnusson, Lance White, Layla Harleston, David Howell, Bernard Jackson, and Ben Tincher (not pictured: Alejandra Morales) (photo by Becky Wible Searles)

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Above: Completed animation still by SCAD Atlanta MFA students, Jeff MacDonald and Daniele Paulet, combining 2D rotoscoped animation with vintage postcards. (For more about this process, see the “Animation” tab)

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Above: SCAD Atlanta MFA Animation students holding vintage postcards they used to create travel animation segments for “The Green Book Chronicles” as part of Prof. Becky Wible Searles’ “Drawing in Motion” course; From left to right back row: Zhou Quan (China), Chivaun Fitzpatrick, Jenna Zona, Ammar Nassri (Syria), Jeff MacDonald, Danielle Paulet, and Colin Wheeler; From left to right, front row: Princy Peuse (India), Calvin Ramsey, and Seungbin Ahn (South Korea) (photo by Becky Wible Searles)

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Above: SCAD Atlanta students take a break from editing, color correcting, and compositing backgrounds for the initial Video Preview interview segments in Motion Media Professor Alessandro Imperato’s “Cinematography and Editing” class; From left to right: Injae Lee (Korea), Britt Lyle II, Professor Alessandro Imperato, Reggie Harrison, and Evleen Huang (China) (not pictured: Sarah Shipman) (photo by Marty McPherson)

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Above left: Production Photographer, Marty McPherson, chats after the shoot with Ambassador Theo Britton (photo by Jimmy E. Searles)

Above right: Jimmy E. Searles (Research and Photography) works with Director/Co-Producer,  Becky Wible Searles, to plan a segment edit (photo by Marty McPherson)

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Above left: Sketch of  Director Becky Wible Searles by SCAD Atlanta MFA Animation student, Tres Swygert / Above right: From SCAD Atlanta Film and TV / TV Producing, Professor James Arnold adjusts the video control panel for the interview shoots (photo by Marty McPherson)

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates! Your comments are welcome.

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21 thoughts on “Overview

  1. Sam Coles says:

    I fond your article in the Postal Record quite interesting. I’m from Huntington, L.I.,N.Y. Huntington Station Post Office was my start in the USPS and now at the Aiken, S.C. office since 1988- present. I have done some research myself since I read the article. In Aiken, S.C. was at least one and maybe two places African-Americans stayed while traveling during the “Jim Crow” days, 1118 Richland Ave.. Since, I live in Augusta, Ga. I will research the one and two sites. I took some pictures of at least one of them? Just need to verify.
    Thank you, Calvin Ramsey.
    Sam Coles
    706-524=6111 E-mail: slammer1@bellsouth.net

    • Hello Mr. Coles — Thank you for your interest in our film and research we are doing! Would love to incorporate any research you have done, pictures, etc. if you are interested. I’m directing the film and so coordinating much of the material. Feel free to contact me directly at b_wible@hotmail.com. — Becky Wible Searles

  2. Edward Forrest Frank says:

    I am working on a video documentary on the Black Guides of Mammoth Cave. A black guide named Matt Bransford ran the “Bransford Summer Resort” out of his home on Flint Ridge a short distance from the Mammoth Cave entrance fro the 1920’s until he was forced out of business when the Park Service took over. The last black guide left the employ of the cave – Louis Bransford retired in 1939, although the Park Service itself di not take possession until 1941. I understand the first guide in 1936 covered New York City. I am wondering what the next edition (year? ) said about the Mammoth Cave area during this period of transition at the cave.

    • Sounds like an excellent documentary you are working on! Since they are very rare, I have only been able to see a handful of Green Books so far with 1940 being the earliest one. Have you had a chance to inquire at some place like the Schomburg Center? I believe they have around a dozen copies, but I don’t know from what years. I will make sure Calvin Ramsey knows about your question. He may have info that would be helpful to you. Thanks for your interest in our film and please keep in touch about yours!

  3. Charles Henry Atkinson says:

    Thanks for the informative article. It took me down memory lane as I had lived some of that history and was happily reminded by my friend, Calvin Alexander Ramsey Sr. of those long ago life events. And please correctly state that Ambassador Theo Britton was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, and not the Medal of Honor (which is only awarded to military personnel).

    • Hello Mr. Atkinson – So glad you enjoyed the article! Working with Calvin on this project has been and will continue to be a very inspiring journey. I will double check with Ambassador Britton about the correct name for his award. My understanding was that it was for his service in the Marines, but I appreciate your raising the point and I will definitely look into it. Very excited to be going to NYC in August to shoot more footage with for our documentary. We will post some updates about that when we return. Thank you for your interest!

      • Hello Again, Mr. Atkinson – Good catch on the medal name! I just double-checked several sources and you are correct that Ambassador Britton was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States, rather than the Medal of Honor. Thanks again for letting me know – I updated the article.

  4. Marvin Lucas says:

    How can I get copies of the Green Book for Miami, FL, KS, CA, OR, and WA?

    I had no ideal these even existed. Wow so much to learn.

    Respectfully:
    Marvin Lucas

    • Hello Marvin – Thanks for your interest! How did you hear about us and our film? The Victor H. Green’s Negro Travelers Green Books were published between 1936 and 1967, so haven’t been available for a very long time! From all the examples we’ve seen, each book covers the entire US and later ones expand to international destinations, so they weren’t set up for each state. Gradually other travel guides were started for African Americans and it is possible that there were some that were state specific, but we are not aware of them.

      Originals of the Green Book are rare these days, but there are some here and there at various museums and library collections. We were very fortunate to shoot more footage for the film this summer at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC (a division of the New York Public Library) and learned that they hold the largest known collection of Green Books. It was amazing to see them as we’d only seen very few examples! In an exciting development, the Schomburg has just made ALL the Green Books available to the public in their collection, so that’s probably your best bet for finding them at this time. Here is a link to that info. We will be updating our website soon with this and other links, photos from our recent NYC shoot, a new trailer… AND a crowd-funding campaign to raise finishing funds! Keep in touch! — Becky http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151026/central-harlem/jim-crow-era-travel-guides-for-black-families-now-online-through-schomburg

  5. JamesA.A.Pabarue says:

    Ms. Sears, I read about your documentary on the Greeen Book in an article by Malcom Jones in the Daily Beast. I am very interested in your project as my grandmother owned a hotel listed in the Green Book in Charlottesville,VA, The Carver Inn. I spent many Summer’s there during the 50’s and early60’s, and have many memories and some photos, etc. of the Inn. Please let me know about the status of the film.

    • Hello Mr. Pabarue — Fantastic to hear from you re: your grandmother’s hotel in VA! Am very interested in speaking with you re: your memories and photos. Can you contact via email about when might be a good time to chat? b_wible@hotmail.com Thanks for your interest in our film! I wasn’t even aware of the Daily Beast article… so cool! I look forward to hearing from you.

  6. Sherita Johnson says:

    Just caught Calvin Ramsey on CPAN from his talk about the “Green Book” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. I live in Hattiesburg, MS, where the “Crosby Hotel” is listed in a 1956 travel guide. Ramsey’s work has inspired me to do research on this former establishment since the historic Mobile street, once the heartbeat of the black community during segregation, is now mostly abandoned and/or in ruins from weather conditions and economic downturns.

    • Hello Sherita — So glad you caught Calvin on C-SPAN! Fantastic that you are doing research about Mobile Street and the Crosby Hotel! I’d love to hear more about what you are finding out — maybe we could include it in the film. If you are interested, please email me at b_wible@hotmail.com and let’s continue a conversation about this. Thanks so much for your interest! — Becky

  7. Mario "Tee-key" says:

    It probably was a daunting task to research the history of these unkmown pioneers, which most of us were oblivious to. I’m profoundly greatful and inundated with joy to have the opportunity to learn about these great fearless women and men, unbeknown to them the awaiting risks lurking ahead. Thank you for this piece of hidden jem and looking forward to many more discoveries.

    • Thank you so much, Mario! Calvin has been the steadfast researcher of this subject, gathering information for over 10 years. Since I’ve been collaborating with him on this film since 2012, it’s been interesting to hear that while few people know about the Green Books, some actually have very distinct memories of using them!

      While the demeaning cruelty of travel during Jim Crow is hard to stomach, the courage of Victor Green and others to quietly do what they could to make things better is really transcendent for me. I feel so fortunate to have met Calvin and have him place his trust in me to direct this film! We appreciate your interest so much and can’t wait to share the finished film. You may have seen our notice that we just got a small grant from the Len Ragozin Foundation in NYC and they are also sponsoring a fundraiser for us in NYC on May 14th. That and some other fundraising should help give us a big push to complete major work on the project this summer and go into post production in the fall. Stay tuned! — Becky

  8. Martha Dawkins says:

    Looking forward to seeing the documentary, sometimes I wish I had one now; not always comfortable traveling across our country. Excellent article in the Smithsonian magazine,

    Martha

  9. Diane says:

    I am so fasinated by all of this information and for the 1st time since my father Leroy Feggans, Sr. played in the 1st Negro Baseball League for the very predudice Philadelphia Phillies Minor League; I’ve been searching and searching for evidence of more information. Daddy once had his picture in the “all white” Philadelphia Daily Newspaper” but I’ve been unable to get a copy. It had to have been in the 1940’s??? Maybe.

    • Hello Ms. Wilson — Thank you so much for your interest in our film and the Green Books! Calvin has done a remarkable job of shedding light on this subject and I am honored to be involved in the project. Fantastic to hear your father was in the Negro League! We may be adding a section about that to the film, since travel was certainly an issue. Contact me at b_wible@hotmail.com and maybe we can look into including pictures of your father as a ballplayer. Also, you probably know about this, but in case not, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is located in Kansas City. Their site address is nlbm.com. — Becky

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NEWS and EVENTS

July 14, 2016 "Reflections on the Green Book" at the MARCH ON WASHINGTON FILM FESTIVAL, US Navy Museum, Washington DC 6:30 - 9:00pm; Panel includes Calvin Alexander Ramsey and screening of new 20:00 Work-in-Progress excerpt from "The Green Book Chronicles"

Watch this space for upcoming presentations by Calvin Ramsey and other events related to "The Green Book Chronicles"

News and Events ARCHIVE

May 31, 2016: Calvin Ramsey nominated for the NAACP NYCHA Just R.E.A.D. (Recognize Education Achieves Destiny) Literacy Development Endeavor Award for “Ruth and the Green Book”; Ceremony and celebration at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC July 7, 2016

May 14, 2016: Fundraiser for "The Green Book Chronicles" sponsored by the Len Ragozin Foundation, NYC

April 2016: Calvin Ramsey and "The Green Book Chronicles" are featured in an article in Smithsonian Magazine by Jacinda Townsend: "How the Green Book Helped African-Americans Navigate a Segregated Nation" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-green-book-african-american-travelers-180958506/

February 12, 2016: "The Green Book Chronicles" received a production grant from the Len Ragozin Foundation, NYC

December 3, 2015: Calvin Ramsey was interviewed on the WUNC public radio show, “The State of Things”: http://wunc.org/post/green-book-chronicleshttp://wunc.org/post/green-book-chronicles

August 7, 2015: NEW YORK TIMES article by Eve M. Kahn featuring "The Green Book Chronicles": "The 'Green Book' Legacy: A Beacon for Black Travelers" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/arts/design/the-green-book-legacy-a-beacon-for-black-travelers.html?_r=0

August 6-9, 2015: NYC Interviews and Location Shooting for "The Green Book Chronicles" including the Jacob Lawrence "One Way Ticket" Show at the Museum of Modern Art; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and Minton's

February 18, 2015: Calvin Ramsey presented progress on "The Green Book Chronicles" at the Brooklyn Historical Society (6:30pm)

January 18, 2015 (MLK Holiday): Calvin Ramsey reading of "Ruth and the Green Book" and book signing at the New York Historical Society, NYC

December 7, 2015: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Stanford L. Warren Library, Durham, NC

July 19, 2015 NEW YORK TIMES Travel Section: Feature article about Calvin Ramsey and the Green Book projects with the online version released 7/14/15

January 21, 2014: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage, Bronx, NY

January 19, 2014: Calvin Ramsey at the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC "Created Equal: Freedom Riders" film and guest speakers

August 13 - September 2, 2013: USA Today Special Edition about the March on Washington includes articles about the Green Book and Calvin Ramsey / See complete text in "Stories & Histories" above

September 1, 2013: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Studio Museum in Harlem "Target Free Sundays: Books and Authors, Kids!" / 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027 studiomuseum.org

August 28, 2013: Article about Calvin Ramsey in the Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/road-guide-for-african-american-civil-rights-activists-pointed-way-to-1963-march/2013/08/27/1085a2c4-0f64-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html

August 26, 2013 @ 6:00 pm: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) honoring Victor Green / 100 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

June 8, 2013: Calvin Ramsey interviewed on NPR's "Travel with Rick Steves" / Archive available at www.ricksteves.com/radio/program-archives.cfm

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