Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is March 28th, 2008, I’m Vanessa, and I am here to talk about the Little Rock Nine.
The Little Rock Nine is a known group of African-Americans who attempted to go to an all-white high school known as Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 4th, 1957. They did not succeed because of the Governor, Orval Faubus. Mr. Orval Faubus called up the Arkansas National Guard to prevent them from entering the schoo.
Again they tried on September 23rd, 1957 without success. The next day, President Eisenhower sent military troops to protect the Little Rock Nine. Each of the Little Rock Nine got their own guard.
But the guards didn’t protect the nine teenagers from everything. They were spat on, they were called real rude names, and some of the Little Rock Nine were tormented really terribly. Melba Pattillo, one of the nine, had acid thrown into her eyes by one of the white students. Minnijean Brown, another one of the nine, was confronted by a group of white males in the cafeteria one day. She dumped her bowl of chili on them and was suspended as a result of the situation.
Nine statues resembling the Little Rock Nine were built and placed on the property of the Arkansas State Capitol Building. This was done to recognize the determination and courage to volunteer to be part of a integrated school.
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