First Look: “The Green Book Chronicles” Documentary Film

The Green Book Chronicles

The Green Book Chronicles: Connecting with Victor Green’s Travel Guides for African Americans 1936-64 is a documentary film with animated clips throughout that was co-produced by author and renowned playwright, Calvin A. Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles.

cover of 1940 Green Book

The Green Book, which was published from 1936 until the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964,  listed establishments across the U.S. (and eventually North America) that welcomed blacks during a time when segregation and Jim Crow laws often made travel difficult — and sometimes dangerous.

Click here to see the 1949 book in its entirety. The spring 1956 edition is available online. The award-winning book, Ruth and the Green Book, written by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, is an excellent fictional introduction to The Green Book for children. Check out this interactive map of the listings in the 1956 edition.



This exclusive preview shows excerpts of animation and interviews in progress with preliminary backgrounds, titles, and audio and features an interesting tale from retired NASA employee turned photographer, Dr. Curtis Graves, whom I’ve worked with previously and commentary from the daughter of Freddye and Jacob “Jake” Henderson, founders of the first African American Travel Agency, Henderson Travel Service founded in Atlanta, Georgia.

I’m super excited about this new film. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Mr. Ramsey on several occasions.

For more information on the film visit the production website at


One thought on “First Look: “The Green Book Chronicles” Documentary Film

  1. Thank you so much for profiling our film in progress! It is great privilege to be able to co-produce with Calvin Ramsey and interview such amazing inspiring people as Curtis Graves and Shirley Henderson Coleman! We have a wonderful team of dedicated folks and appreciate and look forward to future comments from you! — Becky Wible Searles, Writer/Director “The Green Book Chronicles”

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