With deliberate speed. Desegregation in the U.S.-With Focus on the Little Rock Nine By Cari Barath. What You Will Learn. Brief historical timeline of African American struggles in the U.S. from slavery to the desegregation of Central High in Little Rock
Desegregation in the U.S.-With Focus on the Little Rock Nine By Cari Barath
“ The thin disguise of “equal” accommo-dations… will not mislead anyone, nor atone for the wrong this day done.”
Justice John Marshall Harlan – Sole dissenter in Plessy decision
African American School House near Summerville, South Carolina, 1938
This is one of the many images of the Central riots that horrified Americans.
15 year-old Elizabeth Eckford showed up for school that first day alone and was met with a mob of whites shouting threats, racial slurs, and hateful invectives.
Did Americans like what they saw?
"The graduating Class of 1958 will always stand out in my memory because...the class as a whole reacted so admirably to the shock of having the eyes of the world focused on the school...and the class united in a very cooperative way to leave a fine record of achievement in Central in a year that will no doubt be mentioned in history books for a long time to come.“
Central Principal Jess W. Matthews
Impact of Little Rock Riots FueledCivil Rights Movement
Little Rock Nine coverage thrust Civil Rights Movement ahead
Central events helped reform the attitudes that legislation alone could not change
Central events inspired blacks and whites