At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom: The Fight for Social by Robert L. Green

By Robert L. Green

Robert L. eco-friendly, a pal and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., served as schooling director for King’s Southern Christian management convention in the course of a very important interval in Civil Rights historical past, and—as a specialist for lots of of the nation’s biggest university districts—he maintains to struggle for social justice and academic fairness today.
This memoir relates formerly untold tales approximately significant Civil Rights campaigns that helped positioned an finish to vote casting rights violations and Jim Crow schooling; explains how eco-friendly has helped city tuition districts increase educational fulfillment degrees; and explains why this heritage should still tell our offerings as we try to reform and increase American schooling. Green’s quest begun while he helped the Kennedy management get to the bottom of a catastrophic education-related deadlock and has persisted via his provider as one of many contributors at an Obama management summit on a present educational crisis.
it's normally stated that schooling is the recent Civil Rights battlefield. Green’s memoir, At the Crossroads of worry and Freedom: The struggle for Social and academic Justice, helps us remember that academic fairness has constantly been a critical aim of the Civil Rights movement.


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A station employee, a middle-aged white man with a Texaco shirt, was pumping gas. He noticed us and began to stride quickly and deliberately toward the car. As he moved closer, I could see an angry look on his face. Suddenly, he pulled a pistol from his pocket. Before we could respond, he planted the pistol on Dr. King’s temple. ” he shouted. ” This is the kind of racial terror that blacks had long experienced in the South. My father, Thomas J. Green, told me stories about racial terror when I was well into my adult years.

Evers was killed just The March against Fear | 35 Robert L. , and Stokely Carmichael wave to a supportive crowd while marching through Mississippi in the March against Fear in June 1966. hours after President John F. Kennedy’s nationally televised speech in support of Civil Rights. Those two events—the Evers murder and the anti-integration violence at Ole Miss—along with the infamous 1964 police-supervised lynching of a trio of young Civil Rights workers, gave the state a well-earned reputation for terrorism.

As a Civil Rights leader, he demonstrated his devotion to learning by creating the Citizenship Education Program (CEP), and he later appointed me to head the CEP in September 1965. The CEP newsletter edition that announced my appointment noted that I had traveled the South as a consultant for President Johnson’s Task Force on the War on Poverty in 1964 and included a quote from me: I became convinced after what I saw . . that the Southern educational system was systematically and deliberately set up to ensure that Negroes would be forever relegated to second [class] citizenship.

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