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Continued: 'Flyover' Arkansas is a traveler's invisible gem

  • Article by: SAMANTHA FEUSS , MCT
  • Last update: September 14, 2013 - 12:35 PM

Eight of the nine students made it through the first year at Central High, with one being expelled. The only senior, Ernest Green, became the first African-American graduate of the school in 1958. His commencement ceremony was attended by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Just across an intersection from the school, the visitor center contains interactive audio and visual exhibits on the 1957 desegregation crisis at Central High. Hearing oral history from the participants in their own voices is amazing.

The Little Rock Nine, as these brave students came to be known, were national symbols of determination and equality, bringing the nation further along on its path to equality, as the school itself became a symbol of outdated laws and the progress that still had to be made.

Learn more about the school, the times and the students who heralded in a new era in the South and in the country.

Challenge yourself on your own knowledge of the Constitution and rights under the law. Read the books written by the students who experienced the integration.

 

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