Little Rock Nine

Little_Rock_Desegregation_1957The distance we’ve come since the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock , Arkansas in 1957,  is impressive. Nine brave children endured pain and humiliation beyond imagining. They just wanted to go to school. As adults they’ve continued to tell their amazing story, so perfect an illustration of what William James meant by heroism when he spoke to an earlier generation about “some of life’s ideals.”

And Younger Daughter will tell their story today, in my classroom. She and her middle school classmates are eagerly anticipating their field trip in a couple of weeks to Little Rock. I was a bit stunned to see, by show of hands, how few of my collegians had even heard of the LR9. We’ll fix that.

(40th anniversary)

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