Central High School – the historic steps where the Arkansas National Guard prevented the Little Rock Nine from entering to attend school on September 4, 1957. Not that long ago. The museum around the corner from the school chronicles the divisive history and the attempts at desegregation. It was very hard for me to even read. Students trying to get an education, mistreated because of their skin color. A white mob that kept them away for two weeks, and then when they did attend school, their “classmates” mistreated them horribly. Governor Faubus was such a nerd-bucket that he closed the 4 public high schools in the area for the 1958 school year rather than integrate them. The Supreme Court ordered the integration in December of 1959, but it didn’t go smoothly either. On and on it went, and I think we are still seeing the effects of it today. How does hate grow? It gets passed from generation to generation. Until EDUCATION occurs.
Would my children have been allowed to attend Central High School? Probably not. But today they stood on the steps and learned the history.