The Little Rock Nine


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  • In 1954, the United States Supreme Court declared public school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education. Only nine kids where pick to go to a white school. There names where Melba Patillo Beals, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta Walls Lanier, Terrance Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, Minnijean Brown Trickey, and Thelma Mothershed Wair.
  • As the nine students walk to school they would get yelled at and as walking into school there where people outside calling them names. Throwing things at the and because of this they dispatched nearly 1,000 paratroopers and federalized the 10,000 Arkansas National Guard troops who were to ensure that the school would be open to the nine students.
  • The Little Rock Nine attended their first full day of classes on September 25.They experienced routine harassment and even violence throughout the rest of the year. Patillo, for instance, was kicked, beaten and had acid thrown in her face, and at one point white students burned an African-American effigy in a vacant lot across from the school.
  • One guy got his locker pee on everyday. Another was push down the stairs as well. But it did not stop there one parent got fired from her job because she would not take her kid out of the school.
  • No matter what happen it did not get easy for them. But they did not give, however something good came out of all this.
  • On May 25, 1958, Green, the only senior among the Little Rock Nine, became the first African-American graduate of Central High.Other than Green, the rest of the Little Rock Nine completed their high school careers via correspondence or at other high schools across the country.
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