Education

Remembering the Little Rock Nine

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By Nehemiah Frank

On September 25, 1957, in Little Rock, Arkansas, nine African-American students were escorted into Central High School. They were lead by federal troops who enforced the court-order of public school integration.

A few days before the federal escort a white mob threatened the nine African-American students as they attempted to attend classes, which ended with the white mob rioting. The police were unable to control the racist mob.

Federal troops were sent in upon the request of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On this date in 1957

“The Negro students were in the station wagon with an Army officer.”

750 students boycotted their, own, education in protest of the African-American students attending their school. Later that day a bomb threat was reported. Students and teachers exited the building frantically as fire alarms blared through the schools.

It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come as a society.