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Little Rock Nine, 50 Years Later

Elizabeth Eckford

Elizabeth Eckford ignores the hostile screams and stares of adults and fellow students at Little Rock's Central High School in September 1957. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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News Headlines: Sept. 24, 2007

AP: 50 Years Since Little Rock Integration — "For three weeks in September 1957, Little Rock was the focus of a showdown over integration as Gov. Orval Faubus blocked nine black students from enrolling at a high school with about 2,000 white students. Although the U.S. Supreme Court had declared segregated classrooms unconstitutional in 1954 — and the Little Rock School Board had voted to integrate — Faubus said he feared violence if the races mixed in a public school."

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Programming Note: On today's show, Farai spoke with three of the nine: Melba Beals, Elizabeth Eckford, and Terrence Roberts. Take a listen.

What do you think is the legacy of The Little Rock Nine? Are the school districts where you live truly integrated?

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