Little Rock Nine - Integration Pioneers

On the 24th of September, 1957, President Eisenhower dispatched paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas.  Their mission was to make sure that nine African-American students were allowed to attend school at Central High.

The President also nationalized the Arkansas National Guard who had previously been instructed by Orval Faubus - the state's governor - to prevent the children from integrating the all-white high school.

This clip, from the Clinton Foundation, incorporates historical footage and still photographs from the 1957 crisis.  It also includes comments from Ernie Green - the first African-American to graduate from Central High - and captures the moment when "The Little Rock Nine" received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. 

Media Credits

Clip of the 50th Anniversary of the Little Rock Nine integrating Central High, online courtesy the Clinton Foundation (via YouTube).


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