International Conference on Teaching and Learning
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.
why he likes teaching and going to school every day, Professor John Taylor
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.
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 School” shines 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.