The Ernest Green Story

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The Ernest Green Story
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Movie cover
Written byLawrence Roman
Directed byEric Laneuville
StarringMorris Chestnut
Monica Calhoun
Ossie Davis
Ruby Dee
Omar Gooding
Gary Grubbs
James Harper
Tina Lifford
CCH Pounder
Music byMason Daring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersCarol Abrams
Adrienne Levin
ProducerJean Higgins
Production locationLittle Rock, Arkansas
CinematographyFélix Enríquez Alcalá
EditorJeff Freeman
Running time101 minutes
Production companyWalt Disney Television
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • January 17, 1993 (1993-01-17)

The Ernest Green Story is a 1993 American made-for-television biographical film which follows the true story of Ernest Green (Morris Chestnut) and eight other African-American high-school students (dubbed the "Little Rock Nine") as they embark on their historic journey to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. The film was developed and executive produced by Carol Ann Abrams.[1] Much of the movie was filmed on location at Central High School.

The film had its world premiere at Little Rock Central High School, with an introduction by President-Elect of the United States Bill Clinton.[1] It aired on the Disney Channel on January 17, 1993. Later that year, A.M.L. Productions and the Disney Channel received a Peabody Award for presenting "a story which reminds adults and teaches children about the courageous steps taken toward the elimination of discrimination in American society".[1][2]


Crisis at Central High[edit]

The Ernest Green Story was actually the second made-for-television film to depict the events of the Little Rock Crisis. In 1981, CBS aired Crisis at Central High,[3] which was told from the point-of-view of former assistant principal Elizabeth Huckaby.[4] There, Ernest Green was portrayed by Calvin Levels. Meanwhile, Minnijean Brown was portrayed in Crisis at Central High by Regina Taylor and Carlotta Walls was portrayed by Riona Martin.

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  1. ^ a b c "Carol Ann Abrams dies, Producer, author was mother of J. J. Abrams". Variety. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
  2. ^ Peabody Awards website Accessed February 1, 2009.
  3. ^ Crisis at Central High, retrieved 2019-06-03
  4. ^ News Releases Archived 2006-11-03 at the Wayback Machine, 40th Anniversary web Site

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