Friday, January 15, 2010

Courage to change history

Today was a very powerful day. We spent the morning on the bus en route to Little Rock, Arkansas. After a pit stop for lunch we arrived at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. Some of the exhibits were very powerful. It is hard to comprehend what the Little Rock 9 had to go through. It is unbelievable that anyone could make it all of the way through the year.

Soon we were greeted by Spirit Trickey, daughter of one of the Little Rock 9, Minnijean Brown. She provided us with lots of knowledge about the Little Rock 9 and their experiences at Little Rock Central High School. We were then joined by one of the Little Rock 9, Thelma Mothershed-Wair. It was amazing to hear her firsthand account of what transpired at Central High. The whole bit seemed surreal-what a remarkable woman.

We then were led on a tour of Central High School. We got to walk up the very same steps that those famous nine did over 52 years ago. It was a remarkable feeling. We wouldn’t be where we are today without these brave teenagers.

If not us, then who?

If not now, then when?

-John Lewis, Activist

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