civil rights movement
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On September 23, 1957, the Little Rock Central High School was the focal point of the nascent civil rights movement in the United States as nine African-American students tried to enter the newly integrated public school.
The site of the first implementation of the Supreme Court's decision on Brown vs Board of Education, the nine students met consider opposition from over 1,000 white protestors who had been drummed up by then Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus. President Eisenhower had dispatched 1,200 members of the 101st Airborne Division to escort the students into the school. The Little Rock Nine entered the school and made history.
The school now houses a museum dedicated to the event, and continues to function as an educational institution to this day.
Interestingly, the Little Rock Central Band and Flag Line were selected to participate in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade for Barack Obama.