The Dumas Legacy Center is hosting author Calvin Alexander Ramsey at the 2019 Legacy Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, August 3, at the Hotel Roanoke. Doors open at 5:30 PM, followed by a meet and greet with the author at 6:30, and a dinner to begin at 7:30.
Ramsey is the author of the children’s book Ruth and the Green Book as well as the play, The Green Book. The Green Book was The Negro Motorist Green Book, a project of Victor Hugo Green, an African-American mailman who compiled and published information to help Black travelers during the three decades of Jim Crow America’s discriminatory policies. Where to sleep, where to eat, how to pass through foreign and often hostile territory in your own country.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream to become a writer, Ramsey began this career in earnest in 2011. He’s prolific. He writes musicals and plays. He’s a documentarian, and it’s clear that he writes with a sense of purpose in the world. Check out his website to learn about his Humans of New York profile, the African proverb that guides his work, and the variety of forms his documentation and dramatization of The Green Book history has taken.
Then you’ll want to get a ticket for the August 3 event in support of the Dumas Legacy and preservation of Roanoke’s own bit of history tied to the era when The Green Book was a necessity.