September 22, 1941
Ernest Green was born in Little Rock (Pulaski County). He made history as the only senior of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students who, in 1957, desegregated Central High School in Little Rock. The world watched as they braved constant intimidation and threats from those who opposed desegregation of the formerly all-white high school. Green’s place in Arkansas’s civil rights history was solidified when he became the first black student to graduate from the previously all-white Central High School.