Author Calvin Ramsey Reads at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library

Author Cruth_and_the_green_bookalvin Alexander Ramsey read his story of a girl named Ruth, during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Special Storytime at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.  In the story, Ruth helps her family navigate the Jim Crow South using the Negro Motorist’s Green Book (published in 1936 by Harlem postman Victor Hugo Green). This book advised African America travelers which southern towns were and were not safe, and which hotels, restaurants, and businesses would serve them.

After the reading, the author answered audience questions in the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s Library and signed books in the Museum Store.


(Photos by Shana H. Fung, Family Programs Coordinator).  Chart a course and view digitized Green Books courtesy of the New York Public Library’s interactive website


Calvin Alexander Ramsey is an accomplished playwright, documentary filmmaker and children’s book author whose objective is to shed light on the missing pages of African American history. He is also a proud recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award.