Today In History- September 4

Today In History- September 4


American Civil Rights Movement: Little Rock Crisis.

Little Rock Crisis calls need for National Guard intervention.

  • Little Rock, Arkansas

In a significant event in the American Civil Rights movement, on September 4, 1957, Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, was integrated, despite opposition from the Governor and other citizens.  Governor Orval Faubus initially prevented the students from entering, only to secede to the demands of President Dwight Eisenhower.  The decision to integrate stemmed from the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, essentialyl integrating school systems in the country.  The National Guard accompanied the nine African-American students throughout the school year, and was a landmark event for establishing civil rights in public facilities.

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