CINCINNATI, OH (January 18, 2018)
–The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host a screening of The Green Book Chronicles
followed by a discussion with Calvin Alexander Ramsey on Thursday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
The Green Book Chronicles is co-produced by author, playwright, photographer and visual artist Ramsey and directed by Becky Wible Searles. The film is inspired by Ramsey’s extensive research on Victor Green, a postal worker who published the directories known today as the Green Book. Title publication varied from 1936 through 1967 and included The Negro Motorist Green Book; The Negro Travelers' Green Book, and The Travelers' Green Book. The “Green Book” listed the addresses of tourist homes, gas stations, restaurants, beauty parlors, and other establishments that welcomed African Americans during the era of Jim Crow, serving as a travel guide.
“We are thrilled to have Calvin Alexander Ramsey provide his perspective on the significance of The "Green Book" as it was vital and indispensable for African Americans during the era of the Jim Crow,” says Christopher Miller, Manager of Program Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “We hope attendees will have a greater understanding of the dynamics of race and commerce, while having the necessary courage to explore meaningful dialogue about race and diversity while traveling.”
Following the screening, Ramsey will discuss his work, the research behind the film, as well as The Green Book play adaptation Ramsey created. The play premiered at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit and won recognition as a finalist in the 12th Annual Last Frontier Theater Conference.
The Green Book Chronicles screening and discussion with Calvin Alexander Ramsey will be at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Thursday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. For more information about programming and exhibits at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.