November 25, 2012
Charlie Brown and the 'Little Rock Nine'
In 1957, outside Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, a white mob, together with the National Guard ordered there by Governor Orval Faubus, attempted to block nine black students from entering school. A federal court injunction ordered police to escort the African-American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, into the high school. In response to a letter from the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., President Eisenhower instructed the Arkansas National Guard and federal troops to protect the students for the remainder of the school year. Subsequently, Ernest Green became the first African-American to graduate from Central High School. In protest, Governor Faubus decided to stop integration by closing all four of Little Rock's public high schools. In 1959 the Supreme Court ordered the schools to reopen and proceed with desegregation. The rest is history. Now, 55 years later, Little Rock is involved in another school-related controversy. This...(Read Full Article)