MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

August 29, 2012

Hall of Famer shares story with students


— By Travis Sloat

Times Correspondent

John “Charles” Greene grew up in Fort Gibson, but in a much different time.

Schools were segregated and he attended and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1956.

Instead of growing up bitter about his experiences, he credits his mother for instilling in him a sense of self-worth.

“My mother taught me to always think I was the best,” Greene said. “She said if I didn’t think I was worth anything, who else would?”

Greene carried that attitude with him as he went to college, became a teacher, then a coach, and eventually making a career out of officiating, particularly for the Big 8 Conference in the NCAA, he said.

Read more in today's print edition of the Fort Gibson Times.