Civil Rights Movement By: Caroline Flaten

During the Civil Rights Movement many events happened that changed the world for the better such as the Little Rock Nine.

In its landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, issued May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation of America’s public schools was unconstitutional. Later in September 1957, a group of nine African American children and a NAACP leader came up with the idea of the Little Rock Nine.

This event was to accomplish African American and white schools coming together with both races going to school together. In 1954, the law stated that black and white students could go to school together but many places in the south disagreed so many white students, parents and teachers fought against integrating.

Daisy Bates was a NAACP leader that came up with the idea of Little Rock Nine. Governor Orval Faubus tried to prevent this by asking the Arkansas National Guard to stand around the school to prevent their entry. President Eisenhower came into the problem after many issues and asked Faubus to remove the Arkansas National Guard and instead the president brought in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and the 9 students finally attended school on September 25th.

They faced hate and threats toward them because they were different, but they tried to stand tall because they knew that what they were doing was important to help with their future generations.

The members of that illustrious group are now in their mid-60s - heroes of the struggle for black equality, who braved hatred, violence and possible death to help prick the conscience of a nation. Many schools are integrated and people understand that skin color or history is not acceptable to hate someone. People only called them names because they were told or thought that they were superior to other races and African Americans and other races felt beaten down and wanted to change things.

American Indian Schools; many of those involved in Indian Affairs desired to assimilate the native population and to teach them to rid themselves of their native culture. Efforts were made to accomplish that by sending representatives of various religious denominations to “convert them to Christianity.” Certainly, this effort was met with some success.

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Caroline Flaten

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