23rd International Conference on Teaching and Learning


April 2011


Presentation title:


Volume 4: Little Rock-54 Years Later Some Additional Stories
Professor John Taylor

Abstract: On September 25, 2012 “The Little Rock Nine (Eight)” will assemble again in Little Rock to celebrate 55 years after the historic day in civil rights history. FSCJ Professor, John Taylor, was there in 1957. Volume 1 focused on the 1957-1958 crisis school year. Volume 2 explained what happen the next year, 1958-1959, known as "The Lost Class of 59". Volume 3, last year, examined several stories that changed the lives of several ‘kids’ at Central in 1957 including one of the Nine, Minnijean Brown Trickey. Volume 4 will look at the latest two books which tells the story through the eyes of Carlotta Walls Lanier and Terrance Roberts, the two youngest of the Nine.

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When asked why he likes teaching and going to school every day, Professor John Taylor states:
“When you lose your health, you understand what you have taken for granted. When they take school from you, you realize the value of education, that education is a privilege and should not be taken for granted or wasted.”


In the fourth volume of telling the story of Little Rock, the presenter, who was there as a 15 year old junior, will focus on the latest two books written by two of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls Lanier and Terrance Brown.


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When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of America.

A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High Schoolshines a light on this watershed moment in civil rights history through her eyes.


Dr. Terrence Roberts has written poignantly about the events of 1957 at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in his book, “Lessons from Little Rock”, where he was one of nine black students to integrate the all white high school (The first all white high school in the 12 state South to integrate).

The book also describes the black culture in Little Rock which helped to support and sustain him throughout his ordeal. Family, neighborhood and church helped to counteract the vicious threats and attacks which he endured throughout that school year.


The presenter will close the presentation by reading a few excepts from these books.