The Little Rock Nine Jasmine Cromedy 4a
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Little Rock School Board was in compliance with the idea of desegregation of the school system. There 578 black students that was living in the area and would like to go to Little Rock Central High School. However, many students were frighten by the idea of going to an all white school
What Had To Be Done
On September 20, nine black student attended the Little Rock Central High School. The Nine students were Melba Pattillo Beals, Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Thelma Mothershed, and Terrence Roberts.
In order for the nine black students to attend the school, National Guards had to be surrounding the school. The students could not attend the first day of school because of the violent riots and chanting, "Two, four, six, eight, we ain't gonna integrate."
This Is What It Came To
The people had so much hatred for the integration that they would do anything to prevent the black student to share an education environment with the white kids. The violent was so exotic that President Eisenhower ordered the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division into Little Rock to protect the students. After several months, the student were escorted by the 101st troop but once they left, they were harassed, threaten, and bullied which lead to 8 of the 9 student to finish the school year.
Is Justice Truly Blind
"Today is a great day, not only of healing and reconciliation, but also coming together. I'm so glad the whole Little Rock Nine was alive and here to see this." - Winthrop Rockefeller
Justice is truly not blind because in the end, the school was integrated with black and white students. Although they did not get along in the beginning, the student still finished the school year and that allowed many other black student to begin to attend the school. As of today Little Rock Central High School is one of the most diverse schools.
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