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Nathaniel Green

Founder and Board Chair, N E Green & Associates, Inc

Mr. Green earned Masters Degrees from the University of Louisville (UofL) in Community Development and Planning; The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Religious Education and Social Work; and held a social worker license in the state of Kentucky from September 1974 to September 2008.  His under-graduate studies were taken at historically Black Morristown College in East Tennessee, and Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.   

As a young man in college, Nat Green was an advocate against racial injustice. In 1960-1961, his passion thrust him into leadership roles in Mississippi even before the civil rights movement arrived there. In the summer of 1961, Green and other civil rights activists gathered at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee to train in non-violence and to collaborate on plans for bringing the civil rights movement to Mississippi. 

Green's Mississippi arrival led to his ouster from then Mississippi Vocational College and a subsequent ban from all Mississippi state colleges by then Governor Ross Barnett. It also landed his name on Mississippi’s Sovereignty Commission's list of state enemies in 1960. You can see online Green’s name on the original Sovereignty Commission’s list by going to the link listed: http://www.mdah.ms.gov/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/result.php?image=images/png/cd02/011757.png&otherstuff=2|49|0|30|1|1|1|11517|

After his ban from attending state schools, Nat was accepted at Rust College, a private school in Holly Springs, Mississippi affiliated with the United Methodist Church, where he led the campus student movement and worked with local and state NAACP leaders such as S. I. Nero and Medgar Evers – also on the state's list of enemies. 

He authored the 1972 premier history book, The Silent Believers – The Black Catholic Experience.  The Silent Believers opened to public investigation a little known part of Catholic history as the United States moved westward.  Green’s book placed the spotlight on the intersection of systemic enslavement of Blacks and the growth of the Catholic church. The book was reviewed in a special edition of the Living Life by Edwin Cavey, S.V.P., St. Carthage Parish, Chicago, Illinois. The U.S. Catholic Bishop’s document addressed Christian education.  Father Cavey in his review of 1973 said “The Silent Believers should be required reading for all Catholics”. 

In June 2018, Emmy Award winning filmmaker Steve Crump updated Green’s work via Crump’s documentary titled “Facing An Uncomfortable Truth”.  You can view the full 58-minute documentary at KET-KY by searching for the title or by searching for Steve Crump’s name and his films will come up.   

Nathaniel has held management leadership roles with the Chestnut Street YMCA; Louisville Urban League; Park DuValle Neighborhood Health Center in West Louisville; Catholic Archdioceses of Louisville; Kentucky Department for Human Resources; Housing Authority of Louisville; and the Internal Revenue Service. Green is a SOAR Facilitator in the African American men’s corporate senior leadership training program, and served in the United States Army.  He has also been a small business owner employing over 26 employees and is now the President of Quality Senior Care, providing in-home non-medical service for seniors and veterans.   

Green began teaching as an Executive in Residence following his retirement from IRS and assumed leadership of the Ford Motor Company’s Quality Initiative in the College of Business and Public Administration at UofL.  After being invited to participate in the Career Realities Seminar studying career development in merging international corporations, at the University of London Business School in the United Kingdom, he established N E Green & Associates, Inc. – a management consulting firm specializing in the application of Total Quality Management in the development of international ventures in Africa and for profit U.S. businesses.   He delivered quality management expertise in the commercial development of Ghana and the Economic Communities of West African States. In the U.S. Green’s company has managed the Colgate Palmolive Company’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) Oral Health improvement program for underserved children in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee.  BSBF served some 31,000 children annually through his company. 

Nat has held civic leadership positions on the boards of the Salvation Army, Louisville Command; KentuckianaWorks Board of Directors; United Way of Kentucky; Chair, University of Louisville Library Association; Emeritus member, University of Louisville Board of Overseers, and past Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.   

He is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Psi Boulé; Rotary Club of Prospect/Goshen; NAACP, life member; and Louisville Urban League, life member. Green lives with his wife Holmesetta of 54 years in the retirement community, the Villages at Historic Silvercrest, New Albany, Indiana.