The Ernest Green Story
Monday, February 10, 2014 7:30 PM
EJ Thomas Hall - The University of Akron
Sponsored by Rethinking Race and E. J. Thomas Hall
He is known as one of the "Little Rock Nine," Ernest Green and eight other black students made history when they were the first to integrate Central High in Arkansas following the 1954 US Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation illegal.
Green went on to receive his bachelor's degree in social science and masters in sociology from Michigan State University. He also received honorary doctorates from Michigan State University, Tougaloo College and Central State University. Green is currently the Managing Director of Public Finance for Lehman Brothers' Washington, DC office.
The recipient of numerous awards, in 1999 Green received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given to a civilian, from President Clinton, along with the rest of the "Little Rock Nine," for outstanding bravery during the integration of Central High School in 1957.