EAST LANSING — When Dr. Robert Green moved into 207 Bessemaur Drive six decades ago, he’d already made history.

That’s where Green eventually settled after becoming the first Black man to mount a legal challenge to redlining in East Lansing. A professor in Michigan State University’s School of Education, he’d searched for years for a home, encountering racist real estate agents and housing policies that had kept East Lansing white for decades.

Green has inaccurately gone down in history as the first Black man to own a home in East Lansing. In fact, at least 11 nonwhites had done so before him, according to U.S. Census data.

But Green was the first to mount a successful legal challenge against redlining there, citing President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 executive order on housing discrimination in a complaint against a prominent East Lansing real estate agent.