Wright, Ernesta

Executive Director, The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation





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ID 117
Title An oral history with Ernesta Wright
Date 2015-07-21
OH ID OH 5621
Citation Ernesta Wright interviewed by Angela Salter, July 21, 2015, Santa Ana, California, Oral History # 5621, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2018-05-21 22:38:47 UTC
Location Santa Ana, CA
Language English
Subjects African American
Education → Higher Education
Locations → Santa Ana, California
Religion → Christianity
Direct Action → Fundraising
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Health Services/Outreach
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Access to Health Care
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Affordable Care Act
Leadership → Leadership Style
Ideology → Feminism
Women in the Workplace
Women in Politics → importance of women's involvement
Religion → Role of faith in activism
Community Organizations → Gathering Resources to Educate and Empower through Networking Foundation (G.R.E.E.N.)
African American → Organizations → Gathering Resources to Educate and Empower through Networking Foundation (G.R.E.E.N.)
Community Organizations → Mission with Benevolence (MWB)
African American → Events → Black History Parade and Culture Fair
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → African American Health
African American → Events → Black Marriage Movement
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
Community Organizations → National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
African American → Community/Communities


An oral history of Ernesta Wright, community advocate and executive director of The G.R.E.E.N. (Gathering Resources to Educate and Empower through Network) Foundation. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project, for the Center for Oral and Public History, at California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information about Wright’s career as a local activist. Specifically, this interview talks about Wright’s childhood in Santa Ana, California; what messages she received from her parents about gender and leadership; describes educational background; talks about the role of church in her life; discusses experience with faith and community-based organizations; shares how education prepared her for work on The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation and in the business world; explains Money Making Mondays, Connect the Dots, and how these events encouraged networking within the black community; talks about organizing Women with a Purpose, and the Black History and Culture Fair; describes the purpose of The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation, how faith-based organizations impact communities, and how the Affordable Care Act aided health screening efforts in the black community; talks about the Black Marriage Movement; compares benefits of health conferences vs. expos with community members; shares long-term goals for The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation; describes her leadership style; discusses importance of volunteers to the organization; defines public service; explains why she considers herself an advocate rather than an activist; defines the term feminist; speaks about how her race affects how people view her as a leader; explains her approach to reach communities, and not ethnic groups; shares challenges in running The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation; talks about what she’s most proud of in her life; describes the role of faith in her advocacy and the importance of politics in her work; discusses why it is important for women to be involved in politics, and how men and women differ in leadership approaches; and finally, shares advice to young women who want to become activists.


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Description> Ernesta Wright did not provide any images of herself.