Ernest Green, The Little Rock Nine

Ernest Gideon Green was the only member of the Little Rock Nine who was a senior. He became the first African American to graduate from Central High School May 27, 1958. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended his graduation.

Green went on to earn a bachelor’s in social science and a master’s degree in sociology from Michigan State University. He served as the director for the A. Philip Randolph Education Fund from 1968 to 1977, and was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs during the Jimmy Carter administration from 1977 to 1981.

He has served on  numerous boards, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. He joined Lehman Brothers investment banking firm in Washington D.C. in 1987 where he is currently a Senior Managing Director.

His Experience in 1957

“It’s been an interesting year…. I’ve had a course in human relations firsthand.”

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The Ernest Green Story. Disney Educational Productions, 2005. DVD.