Our trailer, edited by Zach White. See full Trailer Credit List below. Moving forward with editing the one hour film, aiming for a 2019 release date. Stay tuned for updates!


This film would not be possible without the generosity of our interview cast who shared their stories with us: (in order of appearance)

Gary Kirksey

Charles Yarbrough

Phillis Holiday

Wellington Cox Howard III

Leah Dickerman, Museum of Modern Art (voice-over)

Ambassador Theodore Britton

Wilbert Verrett

Paula Wynter

Ramona Green

Howard Glener

Curtis Graves

Dr. Joyce Verrett

Shirley Henderson

Special Thanks to the following for their support and permission to shoot on location:

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NYC / Jacob Lawrence “Migration Series”

Leah Dickerman, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture

Margaret Doyle, Director of Communications

Meg Montgoris, Publicist

Stephanie Katsias, Communications Intern

Janelle Grace, Publicity Coordinator


Maira Liriano, Associate Chief Librarian

Erika Paul, Pre-Professional

Adenike Olanrewaju, Senior Publicist, The New York Public Library


Rosa Brito, Manager

Julia Collins, Vice President



Director: Becky Wible Searles

Co-Producers: Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles

Associate Producers: Dr. Michael R. Ragan and Dr. Deborah V. Payton George

Editor: Zach White

Assistant Producer / Research / Photography: Jimmy E. Searles

Cinematographer / Audio (NYC): Rob Niosi

Production Assistant (NYC): TJ Jones

Assistant Producer / Research / Photography: Jimmy Searles

“Mapping Jim Crow” Segment

  • Concept, Design, and Animation: Kelly Ann Turner
  • Voice Over: Anita Jones
  • Score: Hank Roberts and Tenzin / Lyra Music


Audio Sweetening: Beau Jimenez

Colorist: John Peterson

Production Photographer: Marty McPherson

Technical Advisor: James Arnold


Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta Teams:

TV Producing / Interviews (ATL)

Cinematographer / Audio Engineer: David Howell

Research and Video Preview Development: Bernard Jackson

Additional Research, Logging, and Video Shoot/Audio Assistance: Eolyn Arnold, Morgan Dixon, Layla Harleston, Chris Johnson, Kelly Rose Magnusson, Alejandra Morales, Ben Tincher, and Lance White

Supervised by Professor James Arnold


Motion Media

Video Preview Edits: Reggie Harrison, Evleen Huang, Injae Lee, Britt Lyle II, and Sarah Shipman

Supervised by Professor Alessandro Imperato

Video Preview Composer/Musician: Rodney Miller



“Billie Holiday” Mariel Cartin

“Muddy Waters” Rick Lovell

“Ella Fitzgerald” June Brigman

“John Coltrane” Ju Wang

“The Green Book Chronicles” Yohey Horshita

“Duke Ellington” Rick Lovell

Supervised by Professor Rick Lovell and Professor Mike Lowery


Animation / Illustration

“New York Postcard”: Ammar Nassri and Zhou Quan

“Florida Postcard”: Seungbin Ahn

“Niagara Falls Postcard”: Jeff McDonald and Danielle Paulet

“Picnic Postcard”: Princy Peuse and Jenna Zona

“West Virginia Postcard”: Chivaun Fitzpatrick and Colin Wheeler

“ESSO” and “Crosby’s Motel”: Kodi Bobo

Voice-Over: Michael Nash


We’d also like to acknowledge invaluable help from the following Research Library Staff:

Randall Burkett, Former Curator of African American Collections, MARBL, Emory University, Atlanta GA

Friedrich Hamer, Curator of Published Materials, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC

Eleanor Hunter, Librarian, Auburn Avenue Library of Research on African American Culture and History, Atlanta GA

Karen L. Jefferson, Records Manager, Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta GA

Adam Watson, Photographic Archivist, Florida Memory, Division Of Library and Information Services



Eve M. Kahn, New York Times

Jacinda Townsend, Smithsonian Magazine

Jim Bowhall, Resolution ATL

Mark McCray

SCAD Atlanta:

Tina O’Hailey

Matthew Maloney

Carmen Taylor

Kevin Moss


For related information:

Jacob Lawrence “Migration Series” at the Museum of Modern Art:

The Green Books Collection at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture:




10 thoughts on “Trailer

  1. Janice Cooley says:

    Very interesting and well done video. Would like to connect and possibly speak with you about using the video as part of an exhibit I am curating on African American History in Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia for January 2016. My name is Janice Cooley. I was the curator for an exhibit done in 2014 called Invisible Roots and Legends; A Photographic View of African American history in Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia. In addition to photographs I featured a copy (from online) of the Green Book as part of the exhibit. I would very much appreciate a response –


  2. […] Calvin Alexander Ramsey, an Atlanta-based writer, published a children’s story, “Ruth and the Green Book,” that details a fictional postwar road trip from Chicago to Alabama. Ramsey and filmmaker Becky Wible Searles are working on a documentary film, “The Green Book Chronicles.” […]


  3. My name is Dr. Jamal Rasheed and I am the Founder/President/ and CEO of the Ellis county African American Hall of fame in Waxahachie, Tx 20 miles south of Dallas, It is the only facility in the county dedicated to African American life and history 3 locations in the Green Book are located across the street and next door to my facility. I have found one of 3 owners of the land. The major house burned down, however i have connected with him to mark the location (s). The documentary would truly be a great addition to a collection of things to educate the community. My facility is the only building left on this street from that time period. Please communicate how we can maybe have you come in and speak more about the book and the documentary, Our website is under development as we have only been open 1 year but if you google several articles will appear about our efforts.
    Dr. Rasheed


  4. Melody McIntyre says:

    I am a retired elementary school teacher and would love to volunteer in any way on this project. I reside i Atlanta, Ga.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. […] not sexual identity,” said Calvin Alexander Ramsey, the producer of another documentary called “The Green Book Chronicles.” “However, homophobic bad behavior can come from anyone, including people of color. That is […]


  6. […] La New York Public Library consente la consultazione di diverse edizioni dei Green book, stampati tra il 1936 e il 1967. Li potete trovare digitalizzati a questo link. Interessante anche il progetto documentaristico interamente dedicato ai viaggiatori (motorists) di colore negli anni della segregazione. Era un periodo in cui o sapevi dove fermarti per rifocillarti e riposarti, oppure era meglio tirar dritto dalla partenza alla meta. Qui il trailer e moltissime fonti. […]


  7. […] while traveling. Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles are working on a documentary, The Green Book Chronicles, weaving together personal interviews, and mixed media animation for what looks to be a searing, […]


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February, 2019: In celebration of Black History Month, Calvin Alexander Ramsey was invited to give talks about his Green Book projects and our film at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JetBlue, New City Hall, and Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass. (birthplace of W.E.B. DuBois)

February, 2019: Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s play, “Green Book”, was presented in Louisville, KY by the Bunbury Theatre Company and Tulsa, OK at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center

January-February 2019: “Cosmocean”, a short collaborative experimental animation visual music film by a diverse team of students from all over the world in one of Becky Wible Searles’ classes at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta was selected for screening at the London Experimental Film Festival and the Athens ANIMFest in Athens, Greece

November 18, 2018: Calvin Alexander Ramsey initiated and hosted the “First Annual Victor and Alma Green Appreciation Day” in Harlem at the Morris-Jumel Mansion (Manhattan’s Oldest House) with proclamations by Mayor Bill de Blasio and others

Watch this space for upcoming presentations by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Becky Wible Searles, and other events related to “The Green Book Chronicles”

News and Events ARCHIVE

April 5, 2018: Museum of Arts and Design, New York City (NY) “The Green Book Chronicles: Screening and Discussion with Calvin Alexander Ramsey” plus a Q and A session with Calvin, Becky, and Maira Liriano (Associate Chief Librarian of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)

March 1 – April 8, 2018: Museum of Arts and Design, New York City (NY) included new 13:00 sample edit of “The Green Book Chronicles” as part of their show, “Unpacking the Green Book: Travel and Segregation in Jim Crow America” as an on-going screening in their Learning Lounge.

March 1 – April 1, 2018: Pegasus Theatre, Chicago (IL) presentation of “The Green Book” play by Calvin Ramsey

March 22, 2018: Calvin Ramsey presentation with other children’s book writers at the 14th Annual National Black Writers Conference Youth Literacy Program “Healing, Legacy, and Activism” at Medgar Evers College / CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

November 17, 2017 – March 2018: Becky Wible Searles’ mixed-media xerography piece “Untitled” included in the Whitney Museum (NYC) show “Experiments in Electrostatics: Photocopy Work from the Whitney’s Collection, 1966-1986”

February 24, 2018: Revolution Books in Harlem hosts Calvin Ramsey for a presentation about “Ruth and the Green Book”

February 1, 2018: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati (OH) about Green Book projects, including progress on “The Green Book Chronicles”

November 28, 2017: Calvin Ramsey’s play, “Damaged Virtues: A Cry from Within” reading at the National Black Theatre, NYC about three slave women under the knife of Dr. J. Marion Sims, known as the “Father of Modern Gynecology.”

July 29, 2017: The APEX Award for Distinguished Service presented to Calvin Ramsey by “Black Meetings and Tourism” Magazine at the 4th Annual International Multicultural & Heritage Tourism Summit & Trade Show in Miami, July 2017.

March, 2017 issue of LOCALE PALATE: FOOD CULTURE OF THE SOUTH: “The Color of Safety: Calvin Alexander Ramsey Chronicles the History of the Green Book” by Jessie Howard with photo by Jimmy E. Searles

February 17-19, 2017: Calvin Ramsey’s “The Green Book” play presented to nearly sold-out audiences at Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham AL; Keith Cromwell, Director /

December 2016: Shooting completed in NYC, including interviews with cultural documentarian, Candacy Taylor, Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; musicologist Dr. Albert Vollmer, leader/founder of the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band; and Smitty’s Service Center in Newark, NJ, family-owned by African-Americans since the 1930’s.

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”

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”

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”:

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”

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

August 28, 2013: Article about Calvin Ramsey in the Washington Post:

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



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