Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

AND MAYBE I CAN GET YOU TO KIND OF JUST BRIEFLY…

Ernest Green:

Talk a little bit about that? Oh, alright. Uh… Yeah, the uh… it was in August, early August I was working for a uh… as a locker-room attendant at a country club. It was white. In fact it was a Jewish country club. It was in the South. Uh, Jews were not allowed to join the other country clubs so, uh… there were a number of them with enough money to go ahead and form their own. So I had this job, it was in the locker-room that summer as a towel attendant. And uh, we got called down to the school board office, one evening. Uh, I was informed that afternoon that I was one of the students selected. I didn't know who the other students were. I didn't know how large the number was. And, uh, for the first time when I got down there and met the other eight students. Now, four of them I knew. We grew up, lived in the same neighborhood. Uh, same church, uh… uh, went to junior high school and the earlier grades at the same time. But the next morning the newspapers ran the names of the, of the nine, nine of us who were going to Central. And I'll never forget I went back to work the next day. Uh, this young guy, he was about my age, his folks were members of the club, he came up to me and said, "How could you do it?" I said, "What do you mean, how could I do it?" He said, "You seem like such a nice fellow." And uh, you know, "Why is it you want to go, go to Central. Why do you want to destroy our relationship?" And, uh, first time it begin to hit me that uh, that uh going there was not going to be as simple as I had thought the first time when I signed up. I was still committed to go but it made me know at that time that it… it was going to mean a lot to a lot of people in that city. Uh, particularly, uh… particularly to white folks. And from then on, uh…uh…events started to cascade. Uh, we had a uh…

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