Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later

DVD

70 minutes
Source: HBO Films

The wave of desegregation that transformed the South during the 1960s began in Little Rock in September 1957. After Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus defied the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling and ordered the National Guard to prevent nine black teenagers from entering Central High School, President Dwight D. Eisenhower responded by sending troops to protect the students as they entered the building.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the forced desegregation of Central High School, Little Rock natives Brent and Craig Renaud provide a candid look at the lives of contemporary Central High students in this documentary. Sharing the stories of both black and white students, this film uncovers the opportunities and challenges facing them in and out of the classroom, and suggests that although black and white students now attend school together, social inequities still remain a challenge in Little Rock, and in the United States.

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