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Who were the Little Rock Nine?

The Little Rock Nine, as the teens came to be known, were Black students who sought to attend Little Rock Central High School in the fall of 1957. The Supreme Court had ruled segregated schools unconstitutional in its landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Three years later, states in the South finally began to face the reality of federally mandated integration. It was historic, and dramatic and for weeks on end, it was profoundly ugly.  Continue reading from Life

School Segregation and Integration

The massive effort to desegregate public schools across the United States was a major goal of the Civil Rights Movement. Since the 1930s, lawyers from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had strategized to bring local lawsuits to court, arguing that separate was not equal and that every child, regardless of race, deserved a first-class education. These lawsuits were combined into the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that outlawed segregation in schools in 1954. But the vast majority of segregated schools were not integrated until many years later. Many interviewees of the Civil Rights History Project recount a long, painful struggle that scarred many students, teachers, and parents.  Continue reading from the Library of Congress' Civil Rights History Project

Books about the Little Rock Nine

Today, the Little Rock Nine are revered as civil rights pioneers and activists. Their story is interpreted at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center, a memorial that enshrines their memory on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol, and you can find artifacts from their harrowing journey in museums across America. Today, Little Rock Central High students are keenly aware of their school’s legacy as they study in the only high school operating within a National Park Historic site. Little Rock is now home to six points on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail and is a Top Ten destination on the trail. Continue reading from Little Rock 

Link to The Power of One by Judith Fradin in the catalog
Link to The civil rights movement by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovichin the Catalog
Link to Little Rock girl 1957 : how a photograph changed the fight for integration by Shelley Tougas in the Catalog
Link to Remember LIttle Rock by Paul Walker in the catalog
Link to Elizabeth and Hazel by David Margolick in the catalog
Link to The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine in the catalog
Link to Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Patillp Beals in the catalog
Link to March Forward, Girl by Melba Beals in the catalog

Link to African American History Resource Guide Series Homepage