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“Little Rock Nine” Member, Siblings to Reflect on Integration Fight

November 15, 2013

WHO:                             One of the first Black students to integrate all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957, Ernest Green will reflect with his sister and brother on how that tumultuous year impacted their lives and careers – it will be the first time the siblings appear together publicly to discuss the integration fight. Green is the first Black graduate of Central High School.

Known worldwide as the “Little Rock Nine,” the students tried to integrate the school after the 1954 Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision declared state laws establishing separate public schools for Black and White students unconstitutional. Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus issued an order to prevent the students from entering the school and even posted National Guard troops to stop them. Weeks later, President Dwight Eisenhower deployed 1,000 U.S. Army paratroopers to protect the students from hostile mobs and accompany them into the school to enroll.

WHAT:                        “A Conversation with a Civil Rights-Era Family” is hosted by Bowie State University’s College of Education as part of American Education Week.

WHEN:                        Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 from 1-3 p.m.

WHERE:                     Center of Learning and Technology, Room 102
                                   Bowie State University
                                   14000 Jericho Park Road
                                   Bowie, MD 20715



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