Segregation vs. Integeration

About Kristen Levines Novel "The Lions of Little Rock"

Do you believe in Segregation?


This book makes you think about what you believe in. “The Lions of Little Rock” by Kristin Levine, is about a fight for people’s beliefs. The book takes place in 1958-1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Marlee lived with her family. There were many people in Little Rock who believed in segregation. Liz is a 12 year old girl who transferred to Marlee’s school.

There were many people in Little Rock who believed in integration. Marlee and Liz became great friends. Liz teaches Marlee to speak up for a school presentation. For Marlee, this was a very big deal. Liz doesn’t come to school the day of the presentation. Liz was very light skinned colored girl, and she was forced to leave the school. After that, Marlee found a way to stay in touch with her even though the risk of being seen in public together could kill them both. White and colored girls weren’t supposed to be together, let alone best friends.

Marlee stood up for what she believe in. At a time where danger was all around them, Marlee stayed strong, for not only herself, but all the other people to fight against segregation. Liz and Marlee’s friendship just kept growing, and growing. They believed that friendship does not have a color.


Timeline of the years 1958 through 2012


1958 - On September 1st, the first “Cod War” and the war was between The United Kingdom, and Iceland.
1970 - On September 18th Jimi Hendrix a famous American musician died because of a drug issue.
1980 - November 4th The Presidential Debut is held and on the Republican canidate Ronald Reagan won up against Democratic Jimmy Carter.
1990 - June 2nd was a huge tornado breakout for the states that got hit, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, with killing 12 citizens among those states.
2000 - The Millenium Dome closes itself the day of its opening or “ribbon cutting moment”, on December 31st.
2012 - October 24-30 killed 209 citizens of The United States, Bahamas, Caribean, and Canada. Sandy caused huge interuptions everywhere in America.



Key parts

1. The author told us that this book takes place in 1958. She tells us this on page 1. Marlee, the main character and narrator of this book said, “To understand me, and how I’ve changed, I need to go back to 1958.”

2. Before Marlee knew that Liz was black, she noticed noticed that she had a nice tan, this is said on page 12, “... and a lovely tan, like she’d been at the pool all summer, but I hadn’t seen her there once.”

3. On page 62, Miss Taylor informed Marlee that Liz would not be coming back to Marlees school because she was “ill”.

4. 1945-1991 were the years of the Cold War, and it was a war about segregation with the white and black folk. So after Marlee found out the truth about Liz, she was very confused, and on page 64 Marlee said, “My thumb was throbbing. ‘I...’ I shook my head and ran out of the room. In the bathroom, I thought I was going to cry, but I didn’t.”

5. After Marlee found out, she was devastated and confused. Some people during 1958 didn’t believe in segregation, and that is where the main characters (Marlee) point of view was in the story, by the middle sections and end of the book.

6. The words integration and segregation came up a lot during this book. On page 201 the book mentioned how Marlee joined a women’s group against segregation, “Mrs.Terry walked into the room then placed a large pile of mail addressed to the WEC in front of me.” Marlee didn’t tell anyone why she was doing it.. for Liz.

The Silent girl


The main character in this book is Marlee who does not like to talk. Her one and only rule; she only talks to people she can feel comfortable around. She told me how she recites the prime numbers in her head when she’s nervous, and along with giving people character traits, she gave them what beverage they are. Also, a trait that I would give Marlee would be loud, but not spoken. I chose that because she may be quiet, but she has a voice. She gave everyone a drink, of what their personalities were A quote from the book would be, “My brother, David, is a glass of sweet iced tea on a hot summer day, when you’ve put your feet up in a hammock and haven’t got a care in the world.” It was interesting to me that she did that, and I thought it was really creative.