Civil rights leader returns to MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A man who’s known as a leader in the Civil Rights movement is back in his old stomping grounds this weekend and he’s hoping to expand cultural diversity.

Years ago Dr. Robert Lee Green marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

And today he continues the fight to end racial discrimination.

“Martin Luther King used to say, and I’ve heard him say it many times, that he would be talking to blacks and he would say, you’re not going to be free as a people until you overcome your fear of death,” said Dr. Green. “You can’t be afraid of dying, you gotta be willing to give your life for freedom.”

Green held a signing today for his 13th book.

This one shares many of his stories, and struggles, while fighting for social justice.

And when he’s not writing Dr. Green spends his time speaking to students across the county.

“They expected 150 students to show up, 500 showed up,” added Dr. Green. “And they wanna know why, when did it happen, what was it like what was it like when you got your Ph.D at Michigan State and could not buy a home in Lansing Michigan.”

Even as a student others on MSU’s campus would look to Green for advice to end racial discrimination. “There were some times students were segregated in the dorms. We had to struggle to get a black cheerleader at Michigan State.”

“I’m really proud of my dad,” says son Vince Green. “Both my parents but especially my dad and his role in the civil rights movement.”

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