Click on the link here for Audio Player: Little Rock – Integration – Oct. 17, 1957
Fifty-Five years ago, starting in September, the controversy and the battle began over Integration in public schools. Nowhere was it more contentious than in the South, where Federal troops were sent in to insure School Integration legislation was carried out.
And Little Rock, Arkansas became a flash-point. The drama unfolding at Central High brought the focus of attention from the entire world who largely viewed the protests and clashes with curious revulsion. Yes, we were supposed to be the greatest nation on Earth, yet somehow Civil Rights caught us by surprise.
And it became the focus of International Press, which included this informal discussion by a group of students from Central High and a member of the Norwegian Press.
Seems the kids had a thing or two to say about the matter.
Here is that entire interview as broadcast by NBC Radio on October 17, 1957.
- September 25, 1957: 55 years later (sairasays.wordpress.com)
- Equality and Education: The Little Rock Nine 55 Years Later (facinghistory.org)
- Brave Hearts: Remembering the Little Rock Nine, 1957 (life.time.com)
- ‘Little Rock Nine”‘ Enter High School That Forcibly Banned Them On This Day In 1957 (newsone.com)
- Central High School integrated – History.com This Day in History – 9/25/1957 (worldhistoryreview.org)
- 55th anniversary of the Little Rock 9: Civil Rights festival (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- 55 Years Ago Today (schoolpsychscholar.com)
- On This Day, in 1957, President Eisenhower used the U.S. Army to escort…. (hankeringforhistory.wordpress.com)
- Seats still open for “In Their Own Voices” teacher workshop on racism, at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (timpanogos.wordpress.com)