JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Arkansas State students had the opportunity to hear from a major figure from the Civil Rights movement.
On Tuesday night, Ernest Green, one of the "Little Rock Nine", spoke to students and staff in Centennial Hall at the Carl Reng Student Union.
In September 1957, nine black students integrated Little Rock Central High. Green was the only senior of the group.
In his message, Green encouraged students to live a fearless life. He spoke about this journey at Little Rock Central and how he did not let fear stop him from achieving his goals. In his conclusion, he said, "I look forward to seeing your fearlessness change the world."
"I believe young people need to understand the connection of Black History and what it means for individuals," Green said. "It's not just enough to talk about the past, but how you incorporate this into your day-to-day operation: as a student, as a young adult, as a leader."
"They have an opportunity to push forward, to create their own history-to have their Little Rock Central moment. The point is, do you recognize it when it occurs and are you prepared to take advantage of it?" Green said.
This was a Black History Month Celebration event put on by the ASU Multicultural Center. The list of events can be found on the Multicultural Center's website. http://www.astate.edu/multiculturalcenter