Activist, friend of Martin Luther King Jr. remembers civil rights leader


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – As the crowd of people listened in to Dr. Robert Green at the Kellogg Center Wednesday morning, he reflected upon his memories with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago.

Many including 15 year old Alex Hosey say they felt inspired.

“It’s amazing, it’s like sitting next to a legend it’s incredible,” said Hosey.

Hosey himself has stood up against discrimination by kneeling during the National Anthem at East Lansing High School, hoping that he too can make a difference.

“My parents and my coach wanted me to explain why and I wrote an essay and it ended up in the hands of the mayor of East Lansing and him and the city council made an apology apologizing for the wrongs of East Lansing,” Hosey stated.

So for him, Dr. Green is not only an inspiration for human rights, but someone who’s recognized in society fighting for freedom and simply just being kind to everyone.

“Being an example for young people to let them know that there’s old folk like us around who will support them as they do the right thing, as they do the courageous thing, as they demonstrate that they’re not afraid,” said Dr. Robert Green.

Dr. Green was often at Martin Luther King Jr’s side and since King was killed, Dr. Green has been an advocate for social justice, writing countless books and serving as the now former Dean of College of Urban Development at Michigan State University.

Dr. Green says he continues to carry King’s words with him.

“Most of all he stood for fairness, and freedom and he stood for anti-fear behaviors, he didn’t want anybody to fear anybody,” said Dr. Green.

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