S04 E09: “Ruth and the Green Book” with author Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Author and playwright, Calvin Alexander Ramsey has written a children’s book that teaches the history of how African Americans traveled across the United States in his book, Ruth and the Green Book. The story is a fictional account of how this guidebook – and the kindness of strangers – enabled Ruth and her family to make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma’s house in Alabama. While the story is fiction, it relays how The Green Book played an important role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow.

The Green Book: The Black Travelers’ Guide to Jim Crow America. For nearly 30 years, a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book provided African Americans with advice on safe places to eat and sleep when they traveled through the Jim Crow-era United States.

For more information about Calvin Alexander Ramsey, please visit: http://calvinalexanderramseysr.com


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