By: Julia, Kelsey, Jonny, and Paxton
9 African American students volunteered for the NAACP to attempt to enter an all-white high school. The students went to Little Rock High School, and upon trying to enter, they were brutally harassed. Arkansas governor, Orval Faubus, called the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the group from entering the school. After Faubus' cruel act, President Eisenhower stepped in and called the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division to escort the 9, and protect them throughout the year.
The Five W's
Who: The Little Rock Nine- Carlotta Walls, Jefferson Thomas, Gloria Ray, Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Thelma Mothershed, Terrence Roberts, Minnijean Brown, and Melba Patillo. Hazel Massery yelled at Elizabeth Eckford because she didn't want her entering the school. Governer Faubus called in the Arkansas National Guard. Eisenhower sent in the US Army's 101st Airborne Division to escort the 9 into the school.
What: 9 black student volunteered for the NAACP to enter the all-white Central High School. Whites were still against integration in schools, although the Brown vs Board of Education made segregation illegal. The military was involved in blocking and eventually escorting the Little Rock Nine.
When: September 25, 1957 (during the Civil Rights Movement)
Where: Little Rock, Arkansas at Little Rock Central High School.
Why: The NAACP wanted to promote integration in schools. Whites still discriminated, and were not fond of the Little Rock Nine's actions. Faubus was not in favor of the group, either. Eisenhower, as President had to step in, since segregation was illegal.
Little Rock Nine
The US 101st Airbrone Division escorted the 9 students into Little Rock Central High School.
Statues honoring the Little Rock Nine
A guard blocked a few students from entering the school.
Events that led up to Little Rock
Effects of Little Rock Nine
Life for African Americans
Event That Contributed to the Civil Rights Movements as a Whole
How did Little Rock Nine Lead to Future Events?
The following year, Little Rock officials closed the schools in 1958 to prevent integration. But in 1959, the schools were open again. Both black and white children were in attendance.