Little Rock Nine

Facts for Kids
Facts for Kids
Racial discrimination and oppression has been a shameful part of the American history. Life in the 1950’s in many of the states still contain segregation policies and outright discrimination against Black Americans. These policies included the requirement that Black American children attend ‘Black only’ schools and were not allowed in the schools that white children attended. In the fall of 1957, nine Black American students were told by the U.S. Supreme Court that they had the right to attend the Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the uproar that occurred became a news item that spread across the country.

Little Rock Nine

The nine students that wanted to attend the school became known as the “Little Rock Nine”. They were boys and girls that made their intentions known that they were going to show up at the school to attend. Arkansas was considered to be a southern state, and they carried many of the discrimination policies.