March 28, 2007
Contact: Mike Andrews
Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness
Director, Office of Community Outreach and Involvement
University of the District of Columbia to Host “Little Rock Nine’s” Ernest Green
Washington, DC. – The University of the District of Columbia’s Office of Community Outreach and Involvement will host honored guest Mr. Ernest Green, whom became the first black student to graduate from Central High School of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958. The occasion provides an excellent opportunity for those unfamiliar with the “Little Rock Nine” to gain a unique historic perspective and understanding the meaning of perseverance.
“When eight of the nine black students successfully completed the school year, they showed America that black students could and would endure the intense hatred that racist white students could dump on them. It was a big step towards integration and an important one, even though it caused nine brave teenagers unspeakable pain” (School Integration in the United States).
The session with Mr. Green will be held Thursday, March 29, 2007 on the UDC campus in Building 44, Room A-03 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Speaker’ Series, followed by a catered reception in honor of the special guests. There is no cost or fee to attend. UDC’s Office of Community Outreach and Involvement is committed to co-curricular activities and programs to inspire the community of the University of the District of Columbia.
The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia. The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.