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FROM INTEGRATION TUMULT, COMES DIVERSITY

Little Rock's Central High reflects on 60 years, but racial chasm persists in district

By Eric Besson

This article was published September 22, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Central High jazz band members Peter Mouw (left) and Kaylen Wilkerson (on trumpet) join fellow members in front of the school Thursday to practice for 60th-anniversary events this weekend.

Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key is shown in this file photo.

Jim Ross, a University of Arkansas at Little Rock history professor, is shown in this file photo.

Key events leading to the integration of Little Rock Central High

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Six decades after Arkansas' governor temporarily stopped nine black students from integrating Central High School, the campus is more diverse than ever, its principal said, as other public Little Rock high schools have become increasingly split by race and incomes.

Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key is shown in this file photo.

Jim Ross, a University of Arkansas at Little Rock history professor, is shown in this file photo.

Key events leading to the integration of Little Rock Central High

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RBear says... September 22, 2017 at 6:22 a.m.

Great look at LRCHS on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the integration by 9 brave young students in 1957. The school continues to grow in so many ways including diversity in a state that often rejects such an atmosphere. With this diversity, LRCHS continues to excel in academics, again posting high numbers of National Merit Semi-Finalists. Congratulations Central High. Keep leading the way.

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KimGartman says... September 22, 2017 at 8:16 a.m.

This article shares the same page with news of babies being killed in the crossfire of gang activity. Has this government created culture really been beneficial?

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drs01 says... September 22, 2017 at 8:29 a.m.

LRCHS has made its mission to attract intelligent, white students so test scores and academic awards will continue to promote the school as racially diverse and academically superior. The truth is LRCHS is a campus of two schools. Protect the advanced placement kids from the rest of the population. Keep them safe because the LRSD can't afford to have " problems on this their flagship property". The LRSD is already an embarrassment to this city; the last thing we need is serious problems at Central High. What I see is a huge facade that offers little hope for an effective public school system in Little Rock. And that signals an economic death spiral for this city.
West Little Rock whites will applaud the fanfare then return to their homes to drive their children to the private schools they all attend.

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mrcharles says... September 22, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.

Hey hey yeh, as sea bass says, Mr. PG, in your special pleading column on the deity expressed political philosophy [ wont mention the competing abrahamic versions, you know one real well- comment on Mel the mad max gibson Passion of the Anointed] you call conservatism, I would note those who ascribed to that unique thought, were the crowds that heckled those black children [ good thing muslims were basically unknown to the crowd of single tooth, incestuous ILKS or they would have been branded as muslims along with being commies] and made up the oh so Elite citizen councils , and who took away the pulpit from the few brave deity system spouters who dared preach all that turn the other cheek nonsense [ shame, eternal shame to you who removed those brave souls] . Yes, yes, conservatism moves slow as the intellect is slow to think .

But take heart right wingers, with the present rulers up there on Mt Nebo or is it mt Olympus [ a distinction without a difference] we are well on the way to a orderly society of theocratic rule [ hope the war of the protestant & catholics is not like N. Ireland] with children listening to speeches of fatherland, culture and race and blood rites.

Oh, yes building up the military fits right in with the agenda.

CINO'S you have a chance at redemption, admit the sin and be forgiven, faith without works is dead. Or just abide by the other gospel of Paul and ignore the law as the real reason for the season said NOT to do.

You may fool some of the people some of the time with your mantra Well I am not a racist, but you know even when in your heart you are, that lie will be searched out by the all knowing and you will be called upon to account, as in your heart counts as a sin too.

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RBear says... September 22, 2017 at 1:08 p.m.

KG, I know it's easy to blame all problems on the "gub'ment," but the fact of the matter is that there are more factors at play here. If anything, Arkansas' conservative style government could be blamed for the lack of support for these communities. See, it can play both ways and there's more data to support my position than yours.

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LR1955 says... September 22, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.

That building brings up memories that are both good & bad...so it should probably be torn down.

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DoubleBlind says... September 22, 2017 at 2:04 p.m.

So many issues and divisions remain. Regardless, I hope the focus of the anniversary can remain on the LR9 where it belongs. They deserve to be celebrated. Plenty of time for recrimination after they are safely home. Just hoping no one does anything stupid to make a point.

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PopulistMom says... September 22, 2017 at 2:20 p.m.

drs01,

rebar is correct. Government spending works both ways. The schools can be fixed. Maybe the approval of charter schools will make the teachers unions wake up to the fact that they need to support those teachers who can teach--not merely serve to keep the jobs of the low skilled. The LRSD should worry more about the academics in each school instead of worrying about everybody's color. They need to REQUIRE summer school for kids not ready to be promoted. This business of passing everybody up is ridiculous.

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0boxerssuddenlinknet says... September 22, 2017 at 4:21 p.m.

would someone mind telling me where I can find information regarding why the LRSD had to pay a settlement to black plaintiffs over discrimination when and where did it happen and who did what to whom? If it is still occurring there is no reason for celebration, unless somebody just wanted free coffee and cookies,

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mrcharles says... September 22, 2017 at 4:39 p.m.

Poor LR55, but it was not erected other than a symbol of the White Race Superiority, so of course it could be torn down. But guess, what not for a while.

I spoke to the almighty, and it said, it is of course just historical and other things that they argue to keep up statutes of traitors to the USA, yet it is it's Will that it remains.

Game, set , Match so say the deity.

Besides I was a sports star in their stadium over a half century ago.

As they say get over it.

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