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Coventry High School class meets historic figure

3/13/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Tim Baugess
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Coventry High School Advanced Placement government class, taught by Tim Baugess, attended The University of Akron Forum Series lecture Feb. 10 with keynote speaker Ernest Green speaking about his experiences at Little Rock’s Central High School.

The class, shown above, got on the stage afterward for a photo with Green, who is pictured in the center.

According to Baugess, Green is one of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of black students who made history when they were the first to integrate Central High School in Arkansas following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation illegal.

According to school officials, Green went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s in sociology from Michigan State University. He also received honorary doctorates from Michigan State University, Tougaloo College and Central State University. Green is currently the managing director of public finance for Lehman Brothers’ Washington, D.C. office. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given to a civilian, in 1999 presented to him by President Bill Clinton, along with the rest of the “Little Rock Nine” for outstanding bravery during the integration of Central High School in 1957.

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