DECEMBER 2016 – ISSUE 12 – MILESTONES!
Calvin Alexander Ramsey was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Roxboro, North Carolina. His writing career was established five days before the 9/11 bombings in 2001, Ramsey says he “found his voice.”
At age 51, Ramsey launched a career as a playwright that has not only produced significant works and accomplishments, but has also sparked important debate.
His first work, The Green Book, a two-act play about the difficulties African-Americans faced while traveling during the Jim Crow era was based on his research on The Negro Motorist Green Book, a manual directing Blacks to “safe” restaurants, hotel and gas stations.
Ramsey says his work is guided by the African proverb: ‘When an old person dies, it’s like a library burning down.’ Ramsey served for 3 years on the Georgia Council for the Arts Theater Panel. He is also a proud recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice.