The Integration of Central High School

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

1954

May 17-- The U.S. Supreme Court outlaws segregation in schools.

1957

Sept. 3-- A federal judge orders the desegregation of Central High the following day.

Sept. 4-- Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus orders National Guard troops to block the Little Rock Nine.

Sept. 10-- The U.S. Justice Department seeks an order to force Faubus to comply with desegregation.

Sept. 20-- A federal judge orders Faubus to remove the National Guard.

Sept. 22-- Ernest Green Jr., the only senior among the black students, turns 16.

Sept. 23-- The students are admitted but are sent home early for their safety.

Sept. 24-- President Dwight Eisenhower sends in the 101st Airborne to enforce desegregation and federalizes the state's National Guard.

Sept. 25-- The black students are escorted into Central High by the troops.

Nov. 27 -- The federal troops leave, but the Guard stays.


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