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Member of 'Little Rock Nine' speaks at MLK dinner at ISU

Ernest Green, a member of the Little Rock Nine, was a guest speaker Friday at ISU's Martin Luther King Jr. dinner.

A man who made history during the Civil Rights Movement visited the Wabash Valley Friday.

Ernest Green was a guest speaker at ISU as part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Green was one of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African-American students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

Green was the first black graduate of Central High School and unbeknownst to many, Martin Luther King Jr. sat alongside Green's family on that graduation day.

Green encouraged his audience at the Martin Luther Kind Jr. dinner Friday to be agents of change.

"The willingness to go against the grain, to be able to advocate positive change, and to be able to see that in this long line of history in the African-American community," Green explains.

Green served as an Assistant Secretary of Labor during the Carter administration. He's currently a senior managing director at Lehman Brothers in DC.

Our own Kyle Inskeep was in attendance at the event.

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