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Civil Rights & the “Little Rock Nine”

"Little Rock Nine" escorted to school by 101st Airborne Division

Washington, DC
Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ernest Green, one of the “Little Rock Nine” -- the first nine African American students to attend Little Rock Central High School in 1957 -- talks about his experience in a speech at the annual conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. The school was the site of forced desegregation in the wake of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. 

Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:53am (ET)

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