Ahead of address, MSU distinguished alum reflects on time spent with MLK

Oct 13, 2016

Dr. Robert L. Green

Dr. Robert L. Green was a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists. We talk with distinguished alumnus and professor emeritus at MSU about civil rights then and today.


There is a black and white photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the airport in Lansing in 1965. He is in the center of the photo, and to his right stands Dr. Robert L. Green. Dr. Green, a Detroit native, was a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists during the civil rights movement, and he is a distinguished alumnus and professor emeritus at MSU.

As a nationally known scholar and expert on education, urban development and issues related to diversity, Dr. Green has been a prominent organizer of school reform initiatives. He’s worked on school reform efforts around the country and directed a grant-funded research team that evaluated the Detroit Public Schools.

Dr. Green has written extensively on these subjects and has been recognized with many awards, among them the International Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Human Rights and Peace Initiatives from Morehouse College. His most recent book is a memoir called "At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom: The Fight for Social and Educational Justice." He speaks at 5 p.m. at MSU's James Madison College. He also has book signing events Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Causeway Bay Hotel in Lansing and at the MSU Spartan Bookstore before the Homecoming Football game on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

Current State talks with Dr. Robert L. Green.