Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Little Rock NIne

Oh my god! We got up so early today. At five thirty. So I felt a little tired before we arrived at little Rock.

After several hours driving, we arrived at Little Rock Central High School (LRHS). At first, a native tour guide introduced something about the LRHS. Through her introduction and some videos that I watched in the bus I got some information about the LRHS and the event happed in 1957. There are nine African American were enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. And they were called Little Rock Nine. But Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus prevented these nine students from entering the racially segregated school. The governor even used the Arkansas National Guard to prevent these nine students from entering the school. Then the mod attacked the Little Rock Nine. The President Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to Little Rock. And the 101st helped the Little Rock Nine enter the LRHS.

Through these nine African American students entered the school and they could not attend the clubs and students’ organizations. They could not make friends with many white students. Almost white students and teachers looked down at them. They often taunted by white people. They could not do anything except studying. Studying is the only way since they entered the school. I admire their spirits. They never gave up. They knew they were fighting for black men’s civil right. They could not give up. But finally these nine guys graduated from the school.

Then the tour guide took us to the LRHS. The officer of the school introduced some information about nowadays’ school. Now, the school’s segregation has been changed. It has students come from all around the world. We could see black students and white students and they play together. They did not care about their skins. I think the moment is what they dreamed about fifty years ago.

After these, we went back to hotel. Today I felt tired but very happy.

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