Little Rock Nine, 50 Years Later
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
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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11:39 AM ET | 09-24-2007 | permalink