Students Create App to Share Experience of Little Rock Nine

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- It's been sixty years since a pivotal moment in Civil Rights history. 

On September 4, 1957, nine black students began their walk toward desegregating Central High School.  To mark the occasion students at Central High, participating in the memory project unveiled the launch of a smartphone app currently under construction.

The app uses modern technology to connect people today with the moment in history.  When it's completed it'll be used by the National Park Service.  

On Monday, students led visitors on a walking tour of the Little Rock Nine using actual dialogue from the day and flying a drone to illustrate the path Elizabeth Eckford walked exactly decades earlier.   

"This is not an assignment, this is something they're really feeling heartfelt about," says Joel Gordon, Executive Director of AR Regional Innovation Hub.  "They're passionate about what they're doing." 

Gordon says the students consulted him about the process of creating an app and have already put hundreds of hours of work into it.

Donald Wilkins, visiting from Dallas stopped at the historical site during the same time the students were sharing their experience.  

"They understand the situation at their high school," says Wilkins.  "I believe they want their high school to be better than what it was in the early days of the civil rights."

No exact date on when the app will be completed.


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