Our updated January 20, 2020 Trailer (RT 3:30), showcasing 12 of the over 30 interviews shot in six locations for our film to date as well as sample animation and motion graphics segments. See Trailer Credits below. (Full film credits list is in development in “The Filmmakers” tab above). Stay tuned for completion updates!


THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES would not be possible without the generosity of our interview cast who shared their stories with us!

January 20, 2020 TRAILER CAST (in order of appearance):

  • Gary Kirksey
  • Charles Yarbrough
  • Phillis Holliday
  • Wellington Cox Howard III
  • Leah Dickerman, Museum of Modern Art (voice-over)
  • Wilbert Verrett
  • Paula Wynter
  • Ramona Green
  • Howard Glener
  • Curtis Graves
  • Dr. Joyce Verrett
  • Shirley Henderson Coleman


Special Thanks for significant historic research support as well as permission to shoot photos and/or video 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 / Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division
  • Candacy Taylor, Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence, author of “Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America” (Abrams 2020), and Curator / Content Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition (SITES) “The Negro Motorist Green Book” (June 2020-2023)
  • Erika Paul, Pre-Professional
  • Adenike Olanrewaju, Senior Publicist, The New York Public Library



  • Rosa Brito, Manager
  • Julia Collins, Vice President



  • Charlayne W. Thompkins, President/CEO
  • Dr. Deborah V. Payton George, Board of Trustees
  • Charles Clark III, Curator





Director: Becky Wible Searles

Co-Producers: Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles

Assistant Producer / Research / Photography: Jimmy E. Searles

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

Editors (Trailers and Interview Excerpts): Zach White, Kelly Rose Magnusson, and Becky Wible Searles


“Mapping Jim Crow” Motion Graphics Segment:

  • Director/Designer/Animator: Kelly Ann Turner
  • Voice Over: Anita Jones
  • Original Music and Performance: Hank Roberts and Tenzin / Lyra Music



  • “New York Postcard”: Ammar Nassri and Zhou Quan
  • “Florida Postcard”: Seungbin Ahn



  • “Duke Ellington”: Rick Lovell
  • “The Green Book Chronicles”: Yohey Horshita
  • “ESSO” and “Crosby’s Motel”: Kodi Bobo


Charlie’s Place, Myrtle Beach SC photo by Jack Thompson


Additional Artwork, Photographs, and Backgrounds: Becky Wible Searles


Production Assistant (Office/Post): Megan McPherson


Video Interviews Crew (NYC):

  • Cinematographer / Audio: Rob Niosi
  • Production Assistant (Set): TJ Jones


Video Interviews Crew (Atlanta) / Supervised by James Arnold

  • Cinematographer / Audio: David Howell
  • Research, Logging, and Preview Video 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


Video Preview Edits Crew (Atlanta) / Supervised by Alessandro Imperato

  • Reggie Harrison, Evleen Huang, Injae Lee, Britt Lyle II, and Sarah Shipman


Trailer Audio Sweetening: Beau Jimenez

Trailer Colorist: John Peterson

Additional Production Photography (Atlanta): Marty McPherson


Grateful for 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


Additional Thanks to:

  • Eve M. Kahn, New York Times
  • Jacinda Townsend, Smithsonian Magazine
  • Jim Bowhall, Resolution ATL
  • Mark McCray
  • Tina O’Hailey, Matthew Maloney, Carmen Taylor, Kevin Moss, SCAD Atlanta


SPECIAL THANKS for funding and 501c3 fiscal sponsorship from


Mary Lonergan (Vice President) and Dave Poleshuck (Director of Technology)

… and for additional funding in part to date from:

        • Dr. Michael R. Ragan and Dr. Deborah V. Payton George
        • UAW Region 8 / Raymond Curry
        • Curtis Graves and Kay Bryant
        • Lyla and Howard Glener


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:

The Historic Hampton House, Miami FL

Candacy Taylor / “Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America” (Abrams 2020) and “The Negro Motorist Green Book” Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition (SITES)

Minton’s Playhouse at the Cecil Hotel, Harlem:


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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AUGUST 2020:

Starting Monday, August 3, 2020: The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta presents “Ruth and the Green Book” vimeo on demand (available worldwide), musical stage production based on Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s award-winning children’s book plus additional resources for kids and families /


JULY 2020:

Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm: The 9th Annual BOOKLIFE 2020 / SO FLO Book Festival presents THE GREEN BOOK Virtual Book Talk by Calvin Alexander Ramsey discussing his play and children’s book. For more information visit

JUNE 2020:

Friday, June 26, 2020 at 6:30pm: Livestream Meet & Greet and Dialogue Exchange with Calvin Alexander Ramsey about the Ensemble Theatre, Houston TX production below, hosted by Melanie Lawson, News Anchor ABC 13-Houston. For more information visit

June 14 – 28, 2020: New video-on-demand of Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s play “The Green Book” by the Ensemble Theatre, Houston TX, directed by Shirley Jo Finney. Available for rent at For more information, visit

Thursday, June 11, 2020: The Center for Puppetry Arts @ Home hosts a #FREE digital presentation of #RuthAndTheGreenBook & LIVE Q&A w/ author Calvin Alexander Ramsey, composer S. Renee Clark, & director Jon Ludwig.


For more about the Center for Puppetry Arts digital programming and online workshops, visit


Through February 23, 2020: Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s play “The Green Book” at the Ensemble Theatre, Houston TX. For more information, visit

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 5:30pm: The New Haven Museum in New Haven CT presents Calvin Alexander Ramsey sharing development of his new play, “Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet: A Man In Full,”  about the New Haven resident who, in 1876, graduated from Yale with a degree in Physics, becoming the first African American to earn a doctorate degree in the United States. Admission is free. For more information, visit


January 20, 2020: The Dumas Hotel Legacy, Inc. in Roanoke VA in collaboration with Community Artsreach presents an adaption of Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s children’s book, “Belle, the Last Mule of Gee’s Bend: Civil Rights Story” brought to life by Artistic Director Bernadette “BJ” Brown / 6:00 pm at Anchor of Hope High Street Baptist Church, Roanoke. For more information visit

January 23 through February 23, 2020: Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s play “The Green Book” at the Ensemble Theatre, Houston TX. For more information, visit

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

For previous event listings see the News and Events ARCHIVE below Contact Us

News and Events ARCHIVE

October 13, 2019: The Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke VA presented “The Incomparable Artistry of Calvin Ramsey” at the Trinkle Theatre at Center in the Square, including a book signing and reception. For information visit

October 2 and 3, 2019: Calvin’s stage play, “The Green Book” at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, Decatur, GA. Visit for more information.

September 28, 2019: The Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica CA presented “Discover the History: The Green Book” featuring Gloria and Solomon Herbert of Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine/Media, co-creators of the NEW Green Book digital travel directory and podcast, and Jo Kieta of Nubian Tours, sharing her experiences using the Green Books as a travel coordinator for Motown performers. We are thrilled to have interviewed the Herberts for THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES. The Museum screened a 13:00 excerpt from our film at this free event made possible by the California Historic Route 66 Association. For more information, visit

September 18, 2019: The Arts Council of Princeton NJ presented a lecture about the Green Book by Calvin as part of a fundraiser for the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society. For more information visit

September 1, 2019: Philadelphia Museum of Art: Calvin read his children’s book, “Belle, the Last Mule of Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story” as part of Meet the Author Storytime in conjunction with the exhibition Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South

August 28, 2019: New Haven CT: Presentation about the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey at the Stetson Branch Public Library

August 3, 2019: Roanoke VA: The Dumas Legacy Ball presents “An Evening with Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Green Book Author / Playwright” celebrating the Dumas Hotel, listed for many years in the Green Books and currently a community center. One of the few surviving Green Book sites.

July 30, 2019: Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library Branch of the New York Public Library NYC: “Hidden Figures Behind the Green Book” presentation by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

June 30, 2019: Harper’s Ferry WV: Calvin Alexander Ramsey book signing at the 75th Anniversary of Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park and Storrer College. Also further research and development for Calvin’s play about John Brown to be presented in 2020.

May 24, 2019: Baltimore MD: Multi-Cultural Book Fair and Festival, Cherry Hill Library reading and Green Book presentation by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

May 15, 2019: Workers Unite Film Festival NYC: Staged concert reading of “The Green Book” play by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

February, 2019: In celebration of Black History Month, Calvin Alexander Ramsey presented 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 MA (birthplace of W.E.B. DuBois)

February 2019: GSUTV in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting featured Becky Wible Searles in their half hour “Indie Filmmakers” series focusing on her background as a mixed-media artist / filmmaker and development of “The Green Book Chronicles” /

February, 2019: Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s play, “The 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 NYC (Manhattan’s Oldest House) with proclamations by Mayor Bill de Blasio and others

April 5, 2018: Museum of Arts and Design NYC “THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES: Screening and Discussion with Calvin Alexander Ramsey” plus a Q and A session with Calvin, Becky Wible Searles, 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 NYC 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 Alexander Ramsey

March 22, 2018: Calvin Alexander Ramsey presentation with other children’s book writers at the 14th Annual National Black Writers Conference Youth Literacy Program “Healing, Legacy, and Activism”, 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 NYC hosted Calvin Alexander Ramsey for a presentation about “Ruth and the Green Book”

February 1, 2018: Calvin Alexander Ramsey presentation at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati OH about Green Book projects, including progress on THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES

December 2017: Interviews and location filming for THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES in Myrtle Beach SC focused on Charlie’s Place / Fitzgerald’s Motel, listed in the Green Books and the grass roots movement to restore it as a community center, spearheaded by local musician and activist, Herbert Riley. Additional interviews about Charlie’s Place included Patricia Burgess, Dino Thompson, and City Council Member, Mike Chestnut, as well as resident, John Maloney, sharing memories of Washington DC’s famous U Street District.

November 28, 2017: Calvin Alexander 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.”

September 2017: Interviews and location filming for THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES in Washington DC including Gloria and Solomon Herbert, publishers of Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine/Media Company the Green Book exhibit at the National Museum of African American History, and the historic U Street District.

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

July 2017: Interviews and location shooting for THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES in Birmingham AL focusing on the A. G. Gaston Motel, listed in the Green Books and Civil Rights history landmark. Interviews included Civil Rights “Foot Soldier”, Bishop Charles Wallace Woods, author and Gaston historian, Marie  Sutton. Charles Woods III of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, as well as Keith Cromwell, director of the recent production of “The Green Book” by Calvin Alexander Ramsey at the Red Mountain Theatre along with actress, Winter Shepherd.

March, 2017 issue of The Local 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 Alexander Ramsey’s “The Green Book” play presented to nearly sold-out audiences at Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham AL; Keith Cromwell, Director /

December 2016: Filming in NYC for THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES, including interviews with cultural documentarian, Candacy Taylor, Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library), 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; Panel included 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 interviewed on the WUNC North Carolina 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 (division of the New York Public Library), and Minton’s Playhouse (the Birthplace of Bebop)

February 18, 2015: Calvin Ramsey presented progress on THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES at the Brooklyn Historical Society

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: March on Washington includes articles about the Green Book and Calvin Ramsey / See complete text in the “USA Special Edition” tab above

September 1, 2013: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the Studio Museum in Harlem NYC “Target Free Sundays: Books and Authors, Kids!”

August 28, 2013: Article about Calvin Ramsey in the WASHINGTON POST

August 26, 2013: Calvin Ramsey presentation at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), Washington DC honoring Victor Green

June 8, 2013: Calvin Ramsey interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) show “Travel with Rick Steves” / Archive available at

Summer 2012: Initial interviews filmed for THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta campus with the goal of making a short film with a mostly student and professor crew from the Animation, TV Producing (Film/Video), Motion Media, and Illustration Departments. Interviews included Curtis Graves, Shirley Henderson Coleman, Gary Kirksey, Dr. Joyce and Wilbert Verrett, Wellington Cox Howard III, and Phillis Holliday.

February 2012: The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta GA world premiere of “Ruth and the Green Book”, a live performance with puppets and animated projections adapted for the stage from Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s children’s book of the same name by Artistic Director, Jon Ludwig, with original music by S. Renee Clark, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a professor of Animation at SCAD Atlanta, Becky Wible Searles took a group of Animation students to see the performance and met Calvin, eventually leading to their collaboration on THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES starting in the summer of 2012. (The decision was made to convert the project to a one hour film with a professional crew in 2014.)

August – September 2011: Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s original stage play for adults, “The Green Book”, premiered at Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta GA. This full production was preceded by several staged readings at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York 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 cast in a cameo role as Victor Green when the production moved on to a reading at the restored Lincoln Theater in Washington DC.

June 2004: Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s original play, “The Green Book”, was named a finalist in the 12th Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska where it was critiqued by theatrical luminaries including Edward Albee and Patricia Neal.



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