Today it seems fitting to remember that on this day in 1957, Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas became an integrated school. With heavy escorts from the U.S. Army’s 101 Airborne Division, nine black students first entered an all-white high school.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled unanimously in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, that it was unconstitutional for there to be racial segregation in educational facilities. Within five days of the ruling, the Little Rock school board released a statement saying it would comply with the Supreme Court and outlined the timeline in which it would comply and implement desegregation.
After angry mobs threated the nine black students safety and several set backs, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent 1,000 army paratroopers to Little Rock to enforce the court order. n September 25, the Little Rock Nine … Read more »Continue