This Week in 1957: Nine African-American Students Integrate Little Rock Central High

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: September 27, 2013

This week in 1957 was momentous for education and civil rights. In Little Rock, Ark., nine African-American students made their second attempt to enter the all-white Little Rock Central High School. They were escorted through an angry mob of more than 1,000 white segregationists only to be removed for their safety by Little Rock police. President Eisenhower called the rioting “disgraceful” and ordered federal troops into Little Rock. The next day, 1,200 members of the 101st Airborne Division, the “Screaming Eagles” of Fort Campbell, arrived and the Arkansas National Guard was placed under federal orders. Under troop escort, the “Little Rock Nine” were escorted back into Central High School for their first full day of classes on Sept. 25. Learn more about how the crisis at Central High changed the life of Little Rock Nine member Carlotta Walls LaNier—and education in the United States—at our Annual Luncheon on Oct. 29. Early bird pricing ends Oct. 4!

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey leads the Children’s Campaign’s development, advocacy, and communications efforts. In this role she manages teams advancing and supporting the Children’s Campaign’s work through digital and in-person outreach and philanthropy. She serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, a Denver Public Schools charter school. A citizen of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, Tara serves on the editorial board of the Osage News and is co-founder and co-chair of the Colorado Osage Association. She serves on the board of Denver Indian Family Resource Center and is past chair of the national Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Steering Committee.