This memoir relates previously untold stories about major Civil Rights campaigns that helped put an end to voting rights violations and Jim Crow education; explains how Green has helped urban school districts improve academic achievement levels; and explains why this history should inform our choices as we attempt to reform and improve American education. Green’s quest began when he helped the Kennedy Administration resolve a catastrophic education-related impasse and has continued through his service as one of the participants at an Obama administration summit on a current academic crisis.
It is commonly said that education is the new Civil Rights battlefield. Green’s memoir, At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom: The Fight for Social and Educational Justice, helps us understand that educational equity has always been a central objective of the Civil Rights movement.
Robert L. Green dean, and professor emeritus and distinguished alumnus, Michigan State University, is a scholar and activist on issues related to urban schools and educational equity.
"Dr. Green, who worked closely with my mom and dad, fully knows the struggle for justice nationally and internationally. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the untold stories of heroism during the Civil Rights era. It is also a must-read for those who want to understand the connection between education and social justice."
—Martin Luther King III, Civil Rights leader and activist
"There is an ongoing struggle within society that must yield to what is right: equality, which in turn, rests on knowledge. To understand the platform of today’s civil rights, please read Dr. Robert L. Green’s book, At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom."
—The Honorable Judge Damon J. Keith, United States Circuit Judge
"From life-threatening voting rights marches with Martin Luther King Jr. to arduous campaigns that desegregated America’s schools to his current role as a scholar and champion for educational equity, Robert L. Green has been a fearless agent of change and an eyewitness to history. His amazing story helps us understand how to proceed when we’re at the junction of fear and freedom."
—Ambassador Andrew J. Young, diplomat
"In the annals of the Civil Rights movement, Robert Green is an authentic hero whose courage and principles helped inspire the nation. As a brilliant academic, he has been a pioneer in the battle for educational equality. In At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom, Robert Green has made an indispensable contribution to history that will inspire the generations that follow him in the never-ending struggle for racial equality and social justice."
—William vanden Heuvel, Founder and Chair Emeritus, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute