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Ep. 39 "Working Together for the Common Good" | Library Stories

When playwright and documentarian Calvin Alexander Ramsey discovered The Green Books in the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, he was inspired by the way a community of people worked together to offer a lifeline for their peers. The books are a travel guide series for African Americans living in the Jim Crow era with detailed listings about businesses that African Americans could feel safe using while traveling. As he prepares for the release of his documentary on The Green Books, Calvin hopes to share with current and future generations the impact that a small group of people can have when they come together to create a resource for the common good.

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Green Books by Calvin Ramsey

Wonderful! Brief but beautiful explanation of the Green Books and the project Calvin Ramsey has undertaken. Thank you!

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