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The Little Rock Nine Are Now Eight: The Ancestors Bring Home Jefferson Thomas

The Little Rock Nine ~ 1957. These are the children who integrated the school in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Eisenhower ordered out the National Guard to protect them, but they were still spit on and they had to endure hateful remarks and racist epithets. They are all heroes in my book.

1957 little rock nine | Don't let her in our school," called out another. Surrounded by a white mob threatening to lynch her because she tried to register at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Elizabeth Eckford was only 15 years when she experienced this traumatic attack.

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Little Rock Nine on the frontline

The Little Rock Nine were the nine African-American students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. Their entrance into the school in 1957 Arkansas governor Orval Faubus, in defiance of a federal court order, called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the Nine from entering. President Dwight D. Eisenhower responded by federalizing the National Guard and sending in units of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to escort the Nine into the school

Little Rock Nine were a group of African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas. They then attended after the intervention of President Eisenhower.

September 4, 1954 – American Civil Rights Movement – Little Rock Crisis: Governor Orville Faubus of Arkansas calls out the US National Guard, to prevent African-American students from enrolling in Central High School in Little Rock.

Tuesday, Sept 4: “Little Rock Nine” Denied Entrance to School On this day in 1957, the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of African American high school students, unsuccessfully attempted to pass through angry crowds to integrate Central High School in Arkansas. Governor Orval Faubus had called out the National Guard to prevent them from entering the school.

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Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

One of the Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, Daisy Lee Gatson Bates,was a mentor to the Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School in Little Rock (1957). They gained recognition for their courage & persistence during the desegregation of Central High when Gov Orval Faubus ordered the National Guard to prevent their entry. "Daisy Bates was the poster child of black resistance. She was a quarterback, the coach. We were the players," says Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock…

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Orval Faubus’ School Issues – and the 1954 Run for Governor