Walking to Class, Into the History Books

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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Fifty years ago, a group of black teenagers known as the Little Rock Nine faced down an angry white mob in Arkansas and integrated Central High School.

Farai Chideya talks with three of the Little Rock Nine as they reflect back on that historic day, and recount their high school experiences.

She's joined by Melba Beals, chair of the communications department at Dominican University of California; Terrence Roberts, a professor of psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles; and Elizabeth Eckford, a probation officer in Little Rock.

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