60th Anniversary-Little Rock Central High School Desegregation

by NinaShelton

American History TV Archives
Little Rock Nine

September 25, 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of school integration for Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nine African American students were escorted by federal troops through an angry mob.

Here are several programs that highlight the incident:

President Eisenhower Little Rock Speech

President Eisenhower Speech on Little Rock: Rock President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced to the nation that he was sending federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect the safety of nine students attempting to integrate Central High School. 




1964 Film

1964 Film "Nine From Little Rock": This 1964 U.S. Information Agency film about the first African-American students to attend an all-white Arkansas high school in 1957 won an academy award in 1965 for Documentary Short Subject. The film was written and directed by Charles Guggenheim, and is narrated by Jefferson Thomas, one of the Little Rock Nine.




Civil Rights and the Little Rock Nine

Civil Rights and the Little Rock Nine: Ernest Green spoke about his experience as one of the first nine African American students to attend Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. The school was the site of forced desegregation in the wake of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. He spoke at an annual conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

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