Little Rock Nine Looks Back On September 25, 1957

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It was six decades ago when nine courageous students made the walk through the Central High School doors. They were met with hostel crowds. It's now images burnt into the minds of generations. 

60 years ago video and images were in black and white. Color is the same reason contentious crowds were drawn to Central High School in 1957. 

"I forgot a lot of stuff about what happened, but all I have to do is look at the pictures," Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Brown Trickey said. 

Eight of the Little Rock Nine are remembering the day they wanted to go to class. 

"I was just excited to be going to my new high school. The high school that I passed everyday going another mile away to go to my black junior/senior high school," Carlotta Walls LaNier explains. 

An angry crowd and the National Guard was there. With every pace Gloria Ray Karlmark remembers the scene outside her school. 

"There were grown men telling me, with weapons, telling me, a child, that I am not allowed to go to school," Karlmark said. 

They had bags and books in hand. They wanted to get a quality education, but it meant so much more.  

"I knew I stood at one point and what was standing in front of me was another point," Karlmark said. 

With each step forward, the nine teenagers helped define the civil rights movement. 

"I knew I was doing the right thing and I knew something needed to be done. Now was the time to do it," Karlmark said. 

"While that September date was searing we didn't anticipate all of this would be an outcome. I think I speak for everybody that we're proud to be Little Rock Nine," Ernest Green said.  


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