A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNeir as retold by Thomas Hall

A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNeir as retold by Thomas Hall

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  • Carlotta was a little girl from a town called Little Rock Arkansas who's family cared for her lots and away's wanted her to have the best education possible.  Her family helped her with any troubles that went on in her life.  The segregation laws had been placed but not everyone agreed which cause segregation to live on. 9 students (including Carlotta) were chosen to attend Central High School to desegregate the area. Carlotta wanted to do it in the name of education.
  • Carlotta had to leave friends behind which was hard for her,  but she knew it was unfair that African Americans were not getting the same education as Whites. She did all this just to seek a better education. The first day there was hard and kids were mean to all of them. Basically a riot had gone on.  One girl didn't know about how the were arriving together and had to go in by herself.
  • The kids at the school could be ruthless. They would constantly call Carlotta names and shoot spitballs at her and such. Over time she started to understand more about the kids and what to do in certain situations. One of the big things was she would stay with the walls for protection form the kids. Over time the other kids around her got more used to it but still some were just plain mean to her.
  • After the first year was over the Little rock 9 basically split up.  The schools were shut down because of angry parents. After some time Carlotta came back to finish her education at Central. Instead of the Little Rock 9, there was only 6.  Also a big event that happened was her house was bombed by what they think was from either the KKK or an angry discriminator that wanted her gone from the school. She stuck with it and finshed out the year.
  • Carlotta had finally graduated from Central and moved on with her life. She attended Michigan State before moving with her family to Denver. Her Grandfather and Father died which had a great impact on her. She would end up continuing on with her life to do more work for organizations and more. 
  • Carlotta Walls is still alive today and her story is very important to this country's history. Without her bravery, that school could have stayed segregated for a longer time. For example, the guards that Carlotta thought would help actually were trying to stop her, and Veterans from WW2 had to be called in. Her story should and most likely will go down as a good one in history.
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