Little Rock Nine

Nine brave African American students integrate Central High

Little Rock Central High School Integration

Tuesday, Sep. 24th 1957 at 7am

1500 South Park Street

Little Rock, AR

Who is Invited?

Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Minnijean Brown, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed, and Melba Pattillo Beals. Including members of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army

Need not come... Angry Mob, Segregationists... Haters

Brown v. Board of Education

On May 17th, 1954, an monumental decision was made concerning the future of schools in the country. Brown v. Board of Education ruled that the "separate but equal" ideals asserted in Plessy v. Ferguson was unconstitutional. Following this decision, it was time to act and desegregate schools.

Little Rock Nine

On September 4th, 1954, the nine students headed to Central. Waiting for them was an angry mob of white people in favor of segregation. They shouted threats and hateful words at the five boys and four girls who only wanted to get a quality education. Governor Orval Faubus directed the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the African American students from entering. On September 23rd, after days of negotiations, the students return to school. However, the mob begins to riot outside and the Nine are rushed away from the school. The following day, under the protection of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army sent by President Eisenhower, the Nine went to school. By the end of the month the Arkansas police force and National Guard took over the protection of the students. For the remainder of the year, however, the Nine still suffered bullying from their peers.

Massive Resistance

Little Rock Nine

Because of the Bravery and Sacrifices of The Little Rock Nine, Today Anyone and Everyone Can Go to School!