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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Executive
Civil Rights Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Little Rock.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1941
Birth Location:
Little Rock, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Executive
Civil Rights Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Little Rock.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1941
Birth Location:
Little Rock
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Biography

Ernest G. Green was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 22, 1941 to Lothaire S. and Ernest G. Green, Sr. His parents instilled in him confidence and self-respect that helped him to become a leader among his peers and a civil rights advocate. He was one of the first black students to integrate at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, following the Supreme Court ruling to desegregate in 1954. Green is the oldest of the "Little Rock Nine," a group of high school students who entered Central High School on the morning of September 25, 1957, with an escort of paratroopers. Governor Orval Faubus had summoned National Guardsmen to turn away the black pupils in direct defiance of the federal government, which had already approved a desegregation plan for the school. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, for the first time since Reconstruction, sent in federal troops to protect the rights of the beleaguered students, and the students ultimately prevailed.Green graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in 1962 and an M.A. in 1964.

In 1965, Green became involved in employment law with a building-trade apprenticeship for the Adolph Institute, a project to help minority women in the South find opportunities for professional careers. He then directed the A. Phillip Randolph Education Fund from 1968 to 1976. Between 1977 and 1981, he served as assistant secretary in the Labor Department under President Jimmy Carter. Since 1981, Green has worked in the private sector for consulting firms. He was a partner for Green and Herman from 1981 to 1985, owned E. Green and Associates from 1985 to 1986, and has been with Lehman Brothers since 1985.

Green has been on the boards of various organizations, such as the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, AfriCare and the African Development Foundation. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the NAACP Spingarn Award, the Rockefeller Public Service Award, and honorary doctorates from Tougaloo College, Michigan State University, and Central State University.

He is married to Phyllis Green and they have three children, Adam, Jessica and McKenzie.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ernest Green's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ernest Green lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ernest Green describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ernest Green describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ernest Green describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ernest Green describes his family's involvement in a lawsuit against the Little Rock School District, led by Sue Cowan Williams
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ernest Green describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ernest Green describes how the media in Arkansas responded to the "Brown v. Board of Education" decision in 1954
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ernest Green describes his perception of the "Brown v. Board of Education" decision as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ernest Green talks about his siblings and his upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ernest Green describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ernest Green describes his childhood neighborhood in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ernest Green describes his youth in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ernest Green describes his childhood personality and interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ernest Green describes his experiences traveling to the North for the first time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ernest Green describes his perception of the murder of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ernest Green describes how national and local civil rights activities affected him as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ernest Green describes the influence of mother's educational experiences on his desire to enact change Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ernest Green describes his neighbor's negative reaction to his integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ernest Green describes his family's activism during the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ernest Green describes what motivated him to transfer to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ernest Green describes meeting with the Little Rock School Board prior to transferring to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ernest Green describes his experiences the summer prior to enrolling at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ernest Green describes the events leading up to his helping to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ernest Green comments on the selection process of the Little Rock Nine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ernest Green describes his friends' reactions to his integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ernest Green describes the implications of integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ernest Green talks about Governor Orval Faubus' response to the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ernest Green describes his first day at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ernest Green compares Central High School and Horace Mann High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ernest Green describes his experiences studying physics at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ernest Green describes how attending Central High School affected his performance as a student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ernest Green describes his two semesters at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ernest Green describes the interaction between he and his white peers at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ernest Green describes graduating from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ernest Green describes enrolling at Michigan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ernest Green describes spending the summer in New York City, New York, prior to his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ernest Green describes the attention he received upon enrolling at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ernest Green describes his experiences attending Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ernest Green considers his father's possible reaction to his integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ernest Green describes what motivated him to become involved in the Labor Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ernest Green describes his internship with "Look" Magazine, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ernest Green describes his internship with "Look" Magazine, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ernest Green describes the impact of the Workers Defense League's apprenticeship program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ernest Green describes how integrating Central High School benefitted him as a young adult
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ernest Green describes serving as director of the A. Philip Randolph Education Fund
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ernest Green talks about introducing HistoryMaker Alexis Herman to her first labor-related experience in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ernest Green talks about being appointed as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ernest Green describes what he learned from Bayard Rustin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ernest Green talks about Bayard Rustin's role in the March on Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ernest Green talks about his accomplishments as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ernest Green describes his consulting firm with HistoryMaker Alexis Herman and being hired as an investment banker for Shearson Lehman Brothers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ernest Green describes how his educational background and networking skills benefitted him as an investment banker
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ernest Green describes the impact of networking and building relationships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ernest Green describes how President William "Bill" Clinton was influenced by the Little Rock Nine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Ernest Green describes helping President William "Bill" Clinton strategize for the Illinois Primary during his presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ernest Green notes how President William "Bill" Clinton built strategic relationships with the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ernest Green describes his relationship with HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ernest Green describes his expectations of HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ernest Green describes the turning point of HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ernest Green comments on taking risks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ernest Green describes "The Ernest Green Story" biopic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ernest Green talks about the importance of recognizing and sharing the story of the Little Rock Nine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ernest Green talks about building a life beyond his experiences integrating Central High School
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ernest Green comments on the state of the black community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Ernest Green comments on the state of the black community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Ernest Green talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Ernest Green talks about the importance of highlighting contemporary African American achievers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ernest Green comments on the benefits of being a member of the Little Rock Nine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ernest Green comments on the importance of acknowledging the Little Rock Nine's experiences integrating Central High School
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ernest Green talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ernest Green comments on integration and school bussing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ernest Green narrates his photographs