Little Rock 9

Carly Nelson


In 1954, the Supreme Court decided that segregation is unconstitutional. The south had a harder problem making the switch to desegregation. In Little Rock Arkansas a group of nine kids wanted to attend Central High School but a bunch of national guards were put up along the school and refused to let them enter the building. Governor Orval Faubus claimed that the reason the national guards were put up was to keep all kinds of riots, harassment, and any uprising behavior away from the blacks. But really Orval Faubus was still not so sure about having the school desegregated. After the word got back to President Eisenhower that Orval Faubus had not let a group of African Americans into a school, he and the federal government decided to go down and fix the problem themselves. Eisenhour took out the National Guard and let the nine kids into the school. Unfortunately the kids were harassed and bullied, throughout the day that President Eisenhower decided to come back and put the national guards, as well as paratroopers, back in as a "bodyguard" for the nine kids and keep them safe from harm and they can still attend high school. At the end of the high school term, 8 of the 9 nine kids graduated from Central High School.

A major impact that Little Rock 9 had on the civil rights movement was that, it truly showed the difficulty that people had trying to get over having desegregation. The south itself was not moving as a whole until it was forced