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NPS

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Listen to the Little Rock Nine recall their stories. This site emphasizes the school building and what you might do if you were to visit it.

New York Times

NYT - The Little Rock Nine - 50 Years Later
Listen to seven of the Little Rock Nine, as they remember their experience at the time that Central High School was desegregated. Powerful audio.

Digital History

Digital History - Little Rock
This is a succinct summary of the incident at Central High School in Little Rock. Strong readers will be able to read this.

BrainPOP

Check with your Library Teacher about the BrainPOP license for your school.

PBS Kids

Time for Kids: On the Frontline with the Little Rock Nine
Meet Melba Beals from Little Rock, Arkansas
This is a very readable and informational site with a description of the events of the Little Rock Nine. Also included is an interview with Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the students.

Scholastic

The Melba Pattillo Story
This Scholastic site chronicles the events for one participant, Melba Pattillo, before integrating Central High School in Little Rock. It illuminates the early life story that led to Melba’s role as one of “The Nine”s.

ThinkQuest

The site provides a complete summary of the opening of Central High School to African American students and describes the experiences of the students. A readable source.

PBS

Eyes on the Prize – Little Rock Nine
Excellent video for students to use.

Images

Various images for this Civil Rights event.

Video

Eyes on the Prize – Little Rock Nine
Excellent video for students to use that is narrated by one of the Little Rock Nine students.

Search Terms to use with databases:

Little Rock Nine
Little Rock Central High School
Segregation, Desegregation, Integration
Daisy Bates
Orval Faubus

The nine students:
Minnijean Brown
Elizabeth Eckford
Ernest Green
Thelma Mothershed
Melba Pattillo
Gloria Ray
Terrence Roberts
Jefferson Thomas
Carlotta Wall

Kids InfoBits

A Long Hard Trip to School  Delbanco, Andrea. Time for Kids, Sept 14, 2007 v13 i3 p4
The article details the events of the desegregation of Central High School, focusing on Elizabeth Eckford’s role. There is also a timeline of Civil Rights events toward the end of the article.

Sowing the Seeds for the Civil Rights Movement. Graf, Christine; Wildrick, Annabel. Appleseeds, Feb 2008
This article describes the history of what led to the Little Rock Nine’s entering Central High School in Little Rock. Also references Brown v. Board of Education.

The Little Rock Nine. (integration of the schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957) Bigham-Tsai, Kennetha J.  Boys' Life, Sept 1997
This is a short, readable summary of school integration in Little Rock, AR.

The Little Rock Nine.  Kathiann M. Kowalski. Appleseeds, Feb 2008
Short description of who was involved and the events.

Honoring Nine Heroes.  (Rock Central High School black students) Time for Kids, Sept. 9, 2005 v11 i2 p3. This brief article gives an overview of the desegregation of Central High School.

Honoring Nine Heroes.  (Rock Central High School black students) Time for Kids, Sept. 9, 2005 v11 i2 p3. This brief article gives an overview of the desegregation of Central High School.

Lessons learned: the battle to integrate Central High School.  Current Events, a Weekly Reader publication, Feb 6, 2004 v103 i18 pS1 (5). The history and dramatization of discrimination faced by one of the first African American students to enter formerly all-white high school, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957, is depicted in this play. Focuses on Elizabeth Eckford’s story.

A Tribute to Heroes.  (Little Rock Central High School blacks education). Time for Kids, Sept 9, 2005 v11 i2 p2 . This brief article summarizes the desegregation of Central High School.

Students of history: in 1957, nine courageous African-American students began the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site)  Kirkwood, Scott. National Parks, Summer 2005 v79 i3 p24(2). This is a long, detailed description of the events of the Little Rock Nine. The site concentrates on the school as one of the national parks. There is a photo of the school as well as other images.

 

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