Today in History: Integration at Central High, Little Rock

| September 25, 2017

170925_news_219x365On September 25, 1957, nine black students under escort by the U.S. Army entered Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was but three weeks earlier that then Governor Orval Faubus commanded the National Guard to prevent federal court-ordered racial integration in the schools– only to have been overruled by Dwight Eisenhower who federalized the Arkansas National Guard to enforce the court order. It was not until 1972 that public schools in Little Rock became more fully integrated.

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