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Desegregated School Essay

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7. Their entrance into the newly desegregated school sparked a nationwide crisis when Arkansas governor Orval Faubus in defiance of a federal court order. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in members of the U.S. Army 101st airborne division to escort them into the school on September 25, 1957, and they remained the rest of the school year. Carlotta Walls, Jefferson Thomas, and Gloria Ray attended Paul Laurence Dunbar Junior High School, while Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Thelma Mothershed, Terrence Roberts, Minnijean Brown, and Melba Pattillo attended Horace Mann High School. (1) The Little Rock 9 faced both verbal and physical harassment from the students of the Little Rock Central. One of the nine, Minnijean Brown, was suspended and…show more content…
They battled segregation and discrimination in a the American education system. As young adults all they wanted to do was receive an equal education as their white counterparts. The struggles that those nine went through paved the way for the education that I am able to receive today. They could have just as easily given up and returned to the desegregated schools they were originally going to attend, or not even attempted to integrate at all. Where would I be now if they had never attempted this? Or had not fought so hard to achieve this? I don’t know. Apparently the nine students did not even have any class together. Nor were they allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities They dealt with hate, discrimination, and harassment on a daily basis just because of the color of their skin and their want for a better education. I couldn’t imagine the mindset they had being able to get up every morning knowing that’s what you’re going to deal with. I do not think I would have had the mental fortitude to do such a thing, but I appreciate their sacrifice and what it has done for future
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