African American History: The Little Rock Nine

The Little Rock Nine was a group of African-American students who were enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The ensuing Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, and then attended after the intervention of President Eisenhower, is considered to be one of the most important events in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. On their first day of school, troops from the Arkansas National Guard would not let them enter the school and they were followed by mobs making threats to lynch.[1]

The names of these students are Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls, Minniejean Brown, Gloria Ray, Thelma Mothershed and Melba Pattillo.

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12 Responses to African American History: The Little Rock Nine


    The Little Rock Nine- She walked alone

    15 yr old girl is heroine of Dixie strife.

    • Ametia says:

      Thanks for these photos. WE must NEVER, EVER FORGET that the state laws in this country have not fully accepted or enacted the laws equally among its black and white citizens.

      THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS!!!!!! So fuck states rights when it comes to doing what is right and JUST!

  2. rikyrah says:

    when I first learned of the Little Rock 9, I always thought they must have been some of the bravest kids EVER. their courage was awe inspiring.

  3. dannie22 says:

    Videos like this always remind me of the cruelty of white people, especially to children. How corrupt does your soul have to be to mistreat a child?

  4. Honoring Unsung Heroes

    • White House
      on Feb 28, 2012

      During Black History Month, we pause to salute and reflect on the contributions African Americans have made to the rich fabric that makes up the United States. There are many untold stories that reveal the best of Americans who stepped up when duty called, broke color barriers, or quietly made their communities better one person at a time.

      In tribute, President Obama recently invited six special senior citizens to visit the White House to honor as unsung heroes. These unsung heroes are individuals who strengthen their communities through extraordinary everyday acts of service done with reliability and commitment, but who seldom receive recognition.

      Among those who visited with President Obama were pioneers in the struggle for racial equality, educators who changed their communities through the classroom, and people who believe that a lifetime serving others is a life well spent.

      The honorees were:

      Theodore Peters, one of the first African Americans to enter the U.S. Marines and train at Montford Point, NC, after the corps desegregation and a community leader in his South Side Chicago neighborhood.

      Gladys Reid, a Cleveland, OH, volunteer who feeds the hungry twice a week and volunteers at local hospitals, often caring for patients who are 20 years her junior.

      Velma Lois Jones, the first black classroom teacher elected to serve as president of the Tennessee Education Association and a local leader in the areas of civil rights, politics, community service, and education.

      Columbus Preston Holmes, a former class valedictorian, World War II veteran, postmaster, sports commissioner, Selective Service board member, community leader, and active member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Mound Bayou, MS, since joining the church 84 years ago.

      James “Alley Pat” Patrick, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, radio and television broadcaster, and Atlanta bail bondsman who came to the aid of many jailed activists during the Civil Rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr.

      Marguirette Levere, a church missionary, volunteer, adviser, and role model to her rural Maryland community — roles she filled while tending to daughter Barbara, who has cerebral palsy and has been severely disabled since her birth 77 years ago. Remarkably, Marguirette doesn’t wear glasses or take any medicines at the age of 106.

  5. Ametia says:

    I applaud the Little Rock Nine. That cracka in the video said blacks didn’t deserve to go to school at all.


    I don’t ever want to be EQUAL to another Soul. It’s not realistic.

    I don’t want any limitations on how far I can go in this lifetime. So the premise of being equal to everybody sets up the limitation from jump.

    I do expect the opportunities to achieve whatever my consciousness is open to and willing to create.

  6. Ametia says:

    Thanks for posting this, SG2. We can’t forget our history,EVER. Not at a time where a small, narrow-minded, fearful population of Americans want to take us right back to these HORRID days.

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