A Mighty Long Way

A Mighty Long Way

My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

Book - 2009
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When 14-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up to Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the "Little Rock Nine" would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change America. Descended from a line of proud black landowners and businessmen, Carlotta was raised to believe that education was the key to success. After Brown v. Board of Education, the teenager volunteered to be among the first black students--she was the youngest--to integrate nearby Central High School. But getting through the door was only the first of many trials. This inspiring memoir is not only a testament to the power of one to make a difference but also of the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : One World Ballantine Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345511003
034551100X
Characteristics: xvi, 284 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Page, Lisa Frazier

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elloyd74
Nov 03, 2012

If I were a high school history teacher, all my students would read this book. Lanier was the youngest of the Little Rock Nine?the nine black kids who went to Central high school after it was forcibly integrated. As a high-achieving, captain of this, queen of that 8th grader, when she heard that Central was opening to black kids, signing up
was a no-brainer: it was a much better school, with much nicer equipment and labs, and it was
closer to her house than the all-black-by-default high school. She had no idea what was coming.
When she showed up to Central the first day, the National Guard was there?to keep the Nine
safe, she thought, because crowds were jeering and spitting at them?but the state governor
had actually called out the Guard to prevent the black kids from entering (it was the President
who integrated the school, not the governor). The Nine were not allowed to participate in any
sports or extracurriculars, a shock to the usually-involved-in-everything Carlotta. Many of the Nine didn?t return to Central after the first year. Carlotta, the youngest, entering as a freshman, survived all four years and was the first black female graduate of the school. Fantastic and eye-opening, with a forward by Bill Clinton.

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