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50 Years Ago in Little Rock
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that segregating black and white students in separate schools was unconstitutional. Arkansas continued to segregate schools until 1957, when nine black students attempted to attend the all-white Little Rock Central High School. Governor Orval E. Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent them from entering.
In response, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Arkansas to enforce integration. After a period of crisis and adjustment, the schools integrated without further incident.
Scholastic News Online put together this collection of pictures and stories to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this fight for equality.
by Kathryn Llewellyn
Scholastic News Online | A student essay now part of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.