Fifty five years ago, the “Little Rock Nine”, marched into this very school through a mob of angry protestors. These nine teens were just any ordinary teens like you and me, but they changed history forever! The Little Rock Nine were the first black students to integrate into a white school, a huge step for the civil rights movement in the 50s and 60s! It is because of the braveness of these nine teenagers that our schools are no longer segregated. That all people of all races can sit in a classroom and learn together.
The photo above was taken seven years ago, when I visited Little Rock Central High School and learned about the story of the Little Rock Nine. I walked the same path those nine students walked on a daily basis while hearing stories about how even though violence had escalated so badly that first day the Nine were removed from the school, they still continued coming back. About how President Eisenhower had order a section of the US Army to escort these nine teens to school through the angry mob of white protestors. About how this school grew to become a mostly black school because the white families who lived in the area were so bothered by their kids having to share the same classroom as the “colored folk” they moved away or put their kids in private school.
All these kids wanted to do was learn! They wanted to have access to the same education that the white folks got. And even though we’ve come a long way since LRCHS and the Civil Rights movement, Education Equality is still an issue we are battling today. We might not have segregated schools any more, but everyone still does not have equal access to education! Just like the rich white families who pulled their kids from LRCHS and moved them to a different school because they had the fiscal means, today these things still happen! So it might not be a racial issue any more, but education isn’t as easily accessible to everyone, every where, an those that are affected most by this typically the lower class, who can’t afford to send their kids to snazzy private school if the schools in their area are not very good. Education is not a privilege, it is a responsibility. And it is our responsibility to ensure everyone, no matter their race, sexuality, financial status, etc. has easy access to education!
So this post has taken a turn, as I simply meant to make a post about the anniversary of this historic event, but with the upcoming election and The HPA’s Equality FTW campaign, I can’t help but feel like our country still has so much more to improve!