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Steve Parrish in Conversation with Little Rock Nine Member, Carlotta Walls LaNier
May 24, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Yet, in 1957, three years later, public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, were still segregated. That is, until September 25, 1957, when members of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army escorted nine black kids into Central High School in Little Rock. Those black kids became known as “The Little Rock Nine." Carlotta Walls LaNier was the youngest member of the Nine, only fourteen years old in September of 1957.On May 24 Carlotta will join her friend and Westporter Steve Parrish “In Conversation." Learn what it was like for fourteen-year-old Carlotta and the others to be escorted by armed soldiers through an angry mob surrounding Central High School that day. Learn what it was like for Carlotta and her family in the days, months and years that followed. And, listen as Carlotta reflects on her journey and ours as a country and a society.
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