‘Elizabeth And Hazel’: The Legacy Of Little Rock

October 2, 2011

In September 1957, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision that outlawed racially segregated schools, the governor of Arkansas posted the National Guard at the front door of Little Rock Central High School. Despite the local school board’s agreement to integrate classes, he was determined to prevent black students from entering the building on the first day of school.

Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Eckford was the first of a group that came to be known as the Little Rock Nine. She was met by a mob of white segregationists, many of them students, who screamed, spat and threatened her. Read More

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