Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

WHO WERE THE REAL HEROES AND HEROINES OF, OF LITTLE ROCK?

Ernest Green:

Well, I think the biggest heroes and heroines are the parents, uh, because they had more to give up than any of us, any, any of the kids. They had for most of us, our parents owned the homes, or were near owning homes, uh, had jobs, were teachers or were janitors, but they had full paying jobs. I mean, they went to work regularly. They were able to eat and feed a family. And uh, I really think uh, given the way that uh middle-class blacks and a lot of other southern communities refused to really get involved in the movement, that the real heroes and heroines in Little Rock were the parents. They were the ones behind the scenes, who had to deal with the pressures, who had to watch their children go off into an unknown and not know whether they would come back, uh, in one piece. And to me that's uh, that's one hell of a sacrifice.