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The Big Ten - Crucial Events in the Modern Civil Rights Movement - The Little Rock Nine - 1957

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"The Little Rock Nine", All eyes were on the nine young high schoolers who would be the first black students to attend Central High School in Little Rock, AR, Library of Congress, Public Domain.

Three years after the decision in Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, KS (1954) southern states were still resisting the integration of its public schools.  After a federal court ordered the school system to integrate, Governor Orville Faubus commanded the Arkansas  State Guard to block their entrance to Central High School.  Relying on his constitutional mandate to take care that federal laws be executed, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to ensure the students' admittance.

The Guard remained with the students during the entire school year.  In 1957 Ernest Green, the only senior in the group, graduated from Central High School.  Faubus then ordered the public schools in Little Rock closed the next year.

Original Release: May 27, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016


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