little rock nine

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  • This is Little Rock Central High School. The year is 1957. This high school, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, did not allow black students to learn there. The black students had to go to a different, all black high school even though it was farther away from where they lived.
  • For a very long time, the Supreme Court decided that black and white people could be separated if both situations (in this case schools) are of equal quality. Many white people were against integration, or the mixing of black and white people. Many students in and community surrounding Little Rock Central High believed so too.
  • Black students who wanted to go to Little Rock Central High and their parents were upset because the country decided earlier 3 years earlier that schools shouldn't be separated by skin color. This school in Arkansas was breaking the law and the governor of Arkansas even demanded black students be blocked from entering the school with armed officers.
  • Finally, this went to Washington D.C. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was presented with a difficult problem. He wanted to uphold the Constitution and the laws, but also avoid violence in Arkansas because of different opinions. What do you think Eisenhower did?
  • He had a meeting with the governor of Arkansa and told him he needed to let the black students in. The governor said okay but still didn't allow the students to attend the school once he got back to Little Rock, so the President took matters into his own hands...
  • The President sent 1,000 paratroopers to make sure the students were allowed into the school. Finally, 9 black students famously called the "Little Rock Nine" were allowed to attend Little Rock Central High School!
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