60 Years Since Nine Teenagers Integrated Little Rock’s Central High

Right in the thick of the nation’s growing racial divide, history insists we remember the nine Black teenagers known for their bravery in the face of segregation in 1957. Eight of the nine who walked into an all-white Central High School in Little Rock are still alive and sharing their inspiring story. The Superintendent of The Rock Central High National Historic Site shares her thoughts with TheVillage.

TheVillageCelebration is an online magazine dedicated to reporting stories that highlight the rich tradition of triumph, perseverance, and faith of African-Americans. Every day African-Americans are succeeding, living their dream, moving on up. And we want to share it with others. Welcome to TheVillageCelebration. Everyone likes a good story. Victory from defeat. Good over evil. Something from nothing. Problem is… we rarely read it, hear it, or see it. The news of the day records the American experience with a broad brush, painting a picture focused on that which dominates the daily landscape. The disasters, the politics, the wars. But look closely, life is being lived in and around these headlines.

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