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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Cake (Pound), Vanilla Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Take It A Day At A Time.

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1933
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Cake (Pound), Vanilla Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Take It A Day At A Time.

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1933
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Renowned educator and author Robert Green was born on November 23, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Detroit public schools, and while at student at Sherrard Intermediate School, he was a member of the band and earned extra money by delivering telegraphs. He earned his high school diploma from Northern High School in 1952, where he was a member of the football and track teams.

In 1954, Green was drafted in the army and stationed at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. While working at the hospital at night he attended San Francisco State College and earned his bachelor's of arts degree in general psychology in 1958. He went on to earn his master's in educational psychology from San Francisco in 1960. While working on his Ph.D. at Michigan State University, he was a researcher on a project examining desegregation in Prince Edward county Virginia, a school district that closed its public schools when ordered to desegregate. Green earned his Ph.D. in 1963.

Green joined the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as its National Education Director in 1965. In this position he worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King until he left the organization in 1967. From 1968 through 1973, Green was the Director of the Center for Urban Affairs at Michigan State University. In 1973, he was named the Dean of the College of Urban Development, a position he held until 1982. From 1983 until 1985, Green was the President of the University of the District of Columbia. He would eventually return to MSU, where he currently works as an administrator and professor.

Green is the author of several books that focus primarily on the impact that poverty and racial discrimination has on American's urban populations. His writings include The Urban Challenge, Poverty and Race and Metropolitan Desegregation and Expectations: How Teacher Expectations Can Increase Student Achievement. Green has served as an expert witness in more than twenty school desegregation cases. He and wife Lettie have been married for nearly fifty years and have three grown sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Green's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Green lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Green describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Green describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Green talks about his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Green talks about his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Green talks about lynchings in the South and his father's decision to move to Detroit, Michigan, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Green talks about lynching in the South and his father's decision to move to Detroit, Michigan, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Green describes his father's military service in France during World War I
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Green describes the threats African American soldiers faced when they returned from World War I and II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Green explains his parents' move to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Green remembers violence against African Americans integrating neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Green talks about the impact of fear on African Americans and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s greatest contribution
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Green describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Green describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Green talks about his siblings and his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Green describes his experience traveling in the South with his father as a child during the 1930s and '40s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Green recalls how his childhood prepared him for his civil rights work with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert Green talks about Dwyer Elementary School and being sent to Moore School for Boys in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Robert Green reflects upon his childhood anger and describes his upbringing in the Church of God in Christ
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Green talks about Sherrard Intermediate School and Northern High School in Detroit, Michigan and his relationship to his brothers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Green remembers his siblings' and his involvement in sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Green describes how his views on religion have changed over the years and his father's church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Green talks about playing football in high school, and wrestling at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Green talks about his father's focus on education and its impact on his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Green describes his siblings' mentorship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Green recalls attending San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California while serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert Green talks about mentors at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert Green talks about racial discrimination he experienced while trying to obtain a school psychologist position
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Robert Green remembers meeting his wife at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Green remembers being the first black Yellow Cab driver in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Green talks about his wife Lettie Green's role in apprehending the Marcus baby kidnapper in San Francisco, California in 1955
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Green remembers his civil rights work in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Green talks about housing discrimination in East Lansing, Michigan and desegregating Big Ten Athletic Association officials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Green talks about Carlton Goodlett's influence on him in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Green remembers meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Green remembers meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert Green recalls the Meredith March Against Fear in 1966
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Green remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s response to a threat of assassination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Green recalls the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) harassment of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Green remembers the assassinations of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Green reflects upon the psychological impact of racism on civil rights leaders, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Green talks about civil rights activist C.T. Vivian
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Green reflects upon the psychological impact of racism on civil rights leaders, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Green describes how he was affected psychologically by the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert Green talks about the psychological protection afforded some civil rights activists by religious faith and a strong sense of self, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert Green talks about the psychological protection afforded some civil rights activists by religious faith and a strong sense of self, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert Green describes his directorship of the Center for Urban Affairs at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert Green recalls his career as a university administrator in Washington, D.C. and Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert Green describes his recent work with public school districts, his current projects and the best civil rights book
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert Green reflects upon what people don't know about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert Green talks about the meaning of militancy and the American culture of violence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert Green talks about the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and King's unrealized potential
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert Green describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Robert Green talks about the Association of Black Psychologists' founders and goals
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Robert Green explains the need for African American professional organizations, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Robert Green explains the need for African American professional organizations, pt.2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Robert Green reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Robert Green reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Robert Green talks about serving as board chairman of Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Robert Green talks about his parents and tells the story of his mother meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Robert Green talks about his family and his friendship with the King family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Robert Green describes how he would like to remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Robert Green narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Robert Green narrates his photographs, pt.2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Robert Green narrates his photographs, pt.3