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Little Rock 9 Essay

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Little Rock, Arkansas is going to be remembered forever. This remembrance is all dedicated to nine African American students taking a stand in order to have an education at Little Rock Central High School. In 1957, the first group of African Americans, the little rock nine, were forced to stand outside of Little Rock Central High School and prohibited to try to enter. Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas had sent the state to forbid them from going in. The Little Rock Nine was consisted of Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Minnijean Brown, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed, and Melba Pattillo. Out of the nine students students ...view middle of the document...

( Beals) Pattillo wasn’t the only member that endured this harsh criticism. Minnijean Brown also was confronted verbally by whites and abuse. She was also taunted by white male students at the school. That school year later became known as the tense year. It became so unbearable that Minnijean Brown transferred to New Lincoln High School in New York City. As the school year was coming to an end Governor Faubus decided to hold a petition against integrating Little Rock Central High which was postponed then repealed and held up for two and a half years which was delayed meaning that African Americans couldn’t attend Little Rock Central High School until January 1961. This transaction became known as ‘ The Lost Years”.
Every since the beginning of this whole ordeal the NAACP was there supporting the students and making sure that the rights deserved to African Americans were given fairly. It wasn’t easy for Daisy Bates who was the head of the NAACP chapter in Little Rock. She was one of the main targets for hate crimes. All of the harsh and cruel events did still occur just not as much was seen publicly anymore. It was all owed to NAACP, Boycott of Montgomery, Black Panthers, and the Little Rock Nine. If those nine African...

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