Black Students At Central High School In Little Rock, Arkansas



In September of 1957, one of the greatest battles between state’s rights and federal law, since the Civil War, took place in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Supreme Court ordered “gradual integration” in public schools throughout the United States. The problem in Little Rock was the fact that the citizens did not want any kind of desegregation and they felt they had no say in the decision to change their way of life. In September of 1957, one of the greatest battles between state’s rights and federal law, since the Civil War, took place in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Supreme Court ordered “gradual integration” in public schools throughout the United States. The problem in Little ...

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angry protesters attacked the students. Students and parents were shouting obscenities, spitting on the black students, and beating them. When word spread of what Faubus was doing the Presbytery of Ouachita comprised of ministers and lay representatives of several Presbyterian churches in Arkansas started a “strong protest” against Faubus and stated: “We deplore his (Mr. Faubus’) disregard of the national law, his intrusion into the orderd processes of local school district and his incitement of racial tensions. We earnestly beseech him to announce immediately an intention to exercise executive leadership in obedience to the law of the land. Finally, we call upon all Christian citizens to join in prayer for God’s grace and guidance in this time of crisis.” Even petitions were filed against Faubus and his troops by Wiley Branton. He requested that they be restrained from interfering with Negroes seeking to enter Central High School. Finally on September 20th, ...

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at the president’s hands,” Eisenhower continued. “Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts.” He finished by saying, “The proper use of the powers of the executive branch to enforce the orders of a federal court is limited to extraordinary and compelling circumstances. Manifestly, such an extreme situation has been created in Little Rock.” On September 24th, twenty-six vehicles filled with troops pulled up to Central High School by order of President Eisenhower, and the next day the nine student re-enter the school.
The year continued on the same road it had begun. The Negroes were harassed and assaulted daily by the students and entirely rejected ...

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