Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine, was back at his home church Sunday afternoon for the Men's Day service at Bethel AME church. This congregation is very important to Green. Daisy Bates went there, as well as two other Little Rock Nine members.
The church community, Green says, helped him through those difficult days of integration.
Now, he says he wants to inspire young men here to be prepared for what could be their "mountaintop" or "Central High" moment in life.
"My hope is that in the discussion today we'll prick someone's consciousness, have them do better in school and recognize what they can do as a person to improve the community around us," Green said.
Green was the first African American to earn his diploma from Central High. He now lives in DC with his wife.