He’s been to collections around Atlanta to read copies of The Green Book, a Jim Crow-era travel guide for black motorists. He’s traveled to Yale to hear the Fortunoff audio recordings of Holocaust survivors and to Georgia State University to dig up lesser-known facts about Johnny Mercer.
From there, he’s written “The Green Book,” a play currently running at Theatrical Outfit that dramatizes unusual scenes of segregation and the intersection of African-American and Jewish culture. “Bricktop” is a musical about Ada Bricktop Smith, who Ramsey discovered when he found letters from Cole Porter to Smith. And “Johnny Mercer” is a jukebox show of Mercer’s songs. He is also the author of several other plays, musicals and the children’s books “Ruth and The Green Book” and the upcoming “Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend.”