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Yellowhammer State is filled with great African American leaders from the past, present, and future. We thank our West Alabama community partners, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter, for their continued support.

Black History Maker of Alabama - George Greene

Photo Courtesy of George Greene
Photo Courtesy of George Greene

After graduating from Central High School in 2001, George Greene returned to his alma mater in 2005, taking on the role of an art teacher. Three years later, he moved to Metro Atlanta, where he worked as an educator and coach in the Cobb County School District and at the Galloway School before transitioning to administrative positions. In 2015, he embraced the position of Assistant Principal at DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) and later became the principal. Greene has also held administrative roles in Fulton County and the City Schools of Decatur.

Throughout his leadership in education, Greene has consistently advocated for equity and set high standards for student and stakeholder achievement. Notably, during his tenure as the principal at RISE Charter School in East Point, GA, the institution witnessed significant improvement in both math and literacy within a single year. Under his guidance, students achieved a commendable 24% increase on the Georgia Milestones exam in the 2017-18 school year, accompanied by an 11-point rise on the state’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index—ranking the school second in growth among 58 elementary schools in the district at that time. Similarly, during his time at DSA, the school consistently ranked among the top performers in the state for three consecutive years.

“To me, Black History in Alabama involves us continuing to pave the way for our people, while also honoring the sacrifices and contributions of our ancestors. We continue to honor them by giving back to our communities and lifting others while we also climb."

Currently, Greene serves as an administrator at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He resides in Atlanta with his wife, Journet Edwards Greene, a 2005 alumna of the University of Alabama, and their two sons. The family is eagerly anticipating the arrival of twin boys later this month.

Reflecting on Black History in Alabama, Greene emphasizes the ongoing legacy of paving the way for future generations while honoring the sacrifices and contributions of ancestors. He underscores the importance of community involvement and uplifting others as integral to preserving and advancing this legacy.

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