Lessons From The "Little Rock Nine"

1483 words - 6 pages

Motivators and movers – where would the world be without these people? It is these beings that cause belief to become action and compel the masses to move through their example, sometimes unknowingly. In 1957, nine young African-Americans voluntarily chose to desegregate Little Rock Central High and break free of the black-white mold that society had made. Those young students became known as the Little Rock Nine - hated by those unlike them, terrorized by schoolmates and even ostracized by their people. The moment these young African-Americans enrolled into Central High, they became warriors for equality facing the battlefield of racism. It was their determination that facilitated breaking ...view middle of the document...

com). The citizens of Little Rock were outraged that Negroes would soon be mingling with their children. The day the court order was passed, Melba Patillo Beals was assaulted and nearly raped by a adult white male who was so infuriated by the Supreme Court’s decision (Beals, 1995). Acts of violence and hostility became more frequent towards the Nine. Five days later the Little Rock school board stated that they would integrate Central High, but not until September 1957. Originally 17 students had planned to integrate Central High, but due to threats of violence eight students backed down, adding additional anxiety to the remaining Nine. With the help of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, plans for integrating Central High were becoming reality.
On September 4, Little Rock awoke to the Arkansas Democrat headline which read, “Armed Troops Turn Back Nine Negroes at Central High School” ("Armed troops turn," 1957). The front page was spotted with images of the blockade of troops with “Crowd Jeers at as Negro Students Attempt to Enter Central High” as the caption. The first attempt at integration had caused an eruption of absolute turmoil in front of Little Rock Central High. Governor Orval Faubus had commissioned the Arkansas National Guard and State Police to surround the high school, claiming that they were needed to keep the peace; however, peace was not a word that would accurately describe the occurrences that happened outside the school. Just as the papers read, a large mob of angry spectator gathered in front of Central High protesting the entrance of the nine black students. In Beal’s experience, which is described in her book Warriors Don’t Cry, she and her mother encountered the mob and could get nowhere near school. They were chased by segregationists on foot for about a block, before they could make their escape by way of vehicle.
One of the most famous photographs taken that day is of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Nine, walking amidst the mob. In the photo, Elizabeth has her back turned to the crowd and appears to be walking straight ahead, with a notebook or folder tucked within her arm. Close behind her is a line of white women wearing impassionate facial expressions of rage (CBS News Staff, 1957). One woman has her mouth opened, and is most likely yelling unpleasant words at Eckford. Another is captured beside and appears to be moving closer to Eckford, and by the looks of her body language, has the intent to physically harm her. All the chaos and turmoil is captured in the backround of the photograph, with soldiers standing by and the rest of the mob moving in. Beals describes one photograph of Eckford, although not for certain this one, that it pained her side to see “the twister, scowling white faces with open mouths jeering, clustered above my friend’s head like a bouquet of grotesque flowers”(Beals). Eckford recalls, “They moved closer and closer ... Somebody started yelling ... I tried to see a...

Other Essays Like Lessons From The "Little Rock Nine"

Williams Viewed the Characters He Created as 'My Little Company of Faded and Frightened, the Difficult, the Odd, the Lonely'. Are There Any of the Charatcers Recognised from This Description?- a...

1379 words - 6 pages also 'lonely'. She was once a Southern belle from a wealthy family, but she has a failed marriage and fled from her dubious past. Although Blanche still thinks of herself as a wealthy socialite, in reality, she is an alcoholic who has little money or real dignity left. Not only that, Blanche is aware of herself getting older and often worries about losing her beauty so she seeks out compliments on her appearance and assurance to alleviate her

To What Extent Was the Lack of Support from Presidents and Congress the Main Reason Why Little Progress Was Made in the Development of African-American Rights Between 1896 and 1941?

1351 words - 6 pages To what extent was the lack of support from Presidents and Congress the main reason why little progress was made in the development of African-American rights between 1896 and 1941? In 1896, politicians were still a direct way in which African-Americans could use to gain higher levels of civil rights in the United States of America. It is arguable therefore that the support from Presidents and Congress over the time period of 1896 to 1941 was

Small Rock Grinder Machine Price

587 words - 3 pages Grinding Rock Machine Price. rock grinder machine price list - quarry plant business in Small Rock Grinder Machine Price. Rock Grinding Machine. Major rock types processed by the stone crushing and grinding application include limestone, Rock Grinder, Rock Grinder Products, Rock Grinder Rock Grinder, You Can Buy Various Tags: Low Price Grinder | Rock Pulverizing Machine | Hot Sell Grinder. View 10 Small Rock Grinder From Jiangxi Province

Warriors Don't Cry

851 words - 4 pages were leaders of a long hard fight for equality.These students, referred to as the "Little Rock Nine" literally put their lives on the line to fight for what they believed in. They suffered many forms of severe physical and mental abuse. Aside from being strictly prohibited from retaliating in any way to their abusers, the "Little Rock Nine" were separated from each other entirely. No two of the children were ever in the same class at the same

A Review Of Richard Brookhiser's Article "All Junk, All The Time" Criticizing The Boyband Phenomenon

725 words - 3 pages instrument and in support offers that this instrument does not require years of training and is not used as curriculum in university musical studies.Unrefined instruments beget unrefined music, which begets unrefined dancing. This idea elicits sighs of relief from men around the world. After all, who has time to take dance lessons? Rock lovers can do well enough by gyrating in place, bumping and grinding. Come dance, it's easy!Perhaps

Who Invented Rock and Roll?

1252 words - 6 pages complete opposite. Swing music was soft, when rock was loud. Swing lyrics were poetic, and rock was crude. By 1963, this revolution of rock and roll music became the American popular music. As new instruments and more arrangements emerged, America got a little taste of England. Many British music groups were introduced to America in the early 1960’s, with the Beatles being the most widely known rock group to come from England. A newly modified

Music - Paper

3924 words - 16 pages Keller Williams (guitar and bass). Though the Indian music craze soon died down among mainstream audiences, die hard fans and immigrants continued the fusion. A 1985 release shook the U.S. airwaves with a ground shaking, beat oriented, Raga Rock hybrid called Sitar Power. It was from Indian sitar wizard Ashwin Batish. Ashwin had been heavily involved with classical North India music and was classically trained by his father Pandit Shiv Dayal

Crushed Rock and Chippings

576 words - 3 pages chips chippings blue grey large crushed slate chips blue grey large. slate chippings packed on pallets from the uk's largest online aggregates supplier crushed stone international stone inc. crushed stone perma bark micro-mini, mini sizes crushed basalt rock, charcoal gray with tan the everlasting alternative to bark slate decorative aggregates store for gravel, aggregate blue slate chippings 20mm bulk bags ery popular blue slate for all

The Ulitmite Pet

666 words - 3 pages A pet rock can be as comforting to me as any canine or feline. Some wouldbelieve that a man's best friend is a dog. However, living in a confined two bedroomapartment, I do not have the luxury or permission for a forty pound dog to be ploppingaround. This is why I have found comfort in my pet rock. A pet rock can replace many ofthe duties, such as a companionship, I can get from a pet dog or cat.When I go shopping for a pet, I look for the

Lesson Plan for Black History Month

1317 words - 6 pages out of the school by the governor, even though they had a legal right to be there. The governor’s act of defiance caught the attention of then U.S President Dwight Eisenhower. The President immediately ordered the Guard Unit to return back to their barracks before sending members of the 101st Airborne Division to personally escort the students to class. [Show class the DVD “Nine from Little Rock: Pioneers of Desegregation”] How would you feel if

How Significant Was Dwight D. Eisenhower in Improving Civil Rights for African Americans During His Presidency (1953 – 1961)?

1213 words - 5 pages significant as it was a start to desegregation and pupils would be used to mixing with each other regardless of race. This would be taken outside school, when socialising, also when leaving school. Coloured people would become just as educated as white people and therefore jobs would have to open for everybody. Secondly, Eisenhower sent in federal troops to follow and protect the nine students in Little Rock for their first few days in school. After the

Related Papers

Little Rock Nine Essay

549 words - 3 pages in his step. Elie went from supporting his father and keeping him safe to becoming angry and very critical of him. There was a part in the book where Idek the Kapo attacked his father for not marching in step. Elie was very angry and upset at his father for not avoiding Idek’s blows. He knew that every time his father showed weakness, he would probably be one of the next prisoners selected to die. Elie begins to think that his father is

The Most Important Lessons You Learned From Your Parents

584 words - 3 pages ? I have seen that is one of the reasons to cause the children to become bad. Therefore, I try as much as to listen to my parents when they try to teach me something. And the most important lessons I learned from my parents are hard-working and honest.A hard-working characteristic is hard to be performed. Its characteristic is only for people who want to succeed in the future. If a person who has a hard-working characteristic, he or she can

Lessons To Be Learnt From The Jamaican And Grendadian Experiences With Saps

1070 words - 5 pages LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM THE JAMAINCAN AND GRENADIAN EXPERIENCES WITH SAPs Efficient recommendations in addressing some of the macroeconomic issues in the Grenadian experience may not share a clear semblance of the economic prescriptions in Jamaica. Though faced with common BOP disequilibria, the countries differ in size, resource base and the cause of the crises. Firstly, our attempt at recommendations does not in any way imply that all

Living With A Disability From The Perspective Of A Little Person

4581 words - 19 pages Living with a Disability from the Perspective of a Little Person Student name/name Name of university date Living with a Disability from the Perspective of a Little Person Ms. L.K., a charismatic 22-year old female, presented a first hand account of living with pseudoachondroplastic dysplasia, a rare inherited disorder of bone growth causing short stature (McKeand, 1996