These nine students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957 and were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school, showing the degree in which people did not want them to be there
They faced extreme discrimination while in school. In spite of this, the Little Rock Nine endured verbal and physical attacks from some of their classmates throughout the school year. Although some white students tried to help, few white students befriended any of the Nine.
The crisis in Little Rock is considered to be one of the most important events in the African American Civil Rights Movement. Their participation in school integration inspired the next generation of young people who led the civil rights movement in the 1960's. The following year, the city’s high schools worked to prevent further desegregation.