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GALLERIES: Integration LR Nine Gala 1 LR Nine Gala 2 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago, conflict over integration in Little Rock captured the world's attention when nine black students walked through the doors of Central High.

Outside, angry protests raged over the desegregation attempt, forcing police to remove the students. Those days live on in the pages of history as the first major test of Brown vs. Board of Education.

The crisis of 1957 was reported in powerful detail by the two statewide newspapers of that era -- the morning Arkansas Gazette and the afternoon Arkansas Democrat. Their pages, reflecting different news cycles but equal competitive vigor, provide an objective record of those momentous times. Below is coverage of the fiftieth anniversary of the event.

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Bush signs off on commemorative civil rights coin

posted: 12/03/2008 3:53 p.m.

President Bush has signed legislation to mint a commemorative silver dollar marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

200 see film on Central, racial divide in LR today

posted: 09/27/2007 2:59 a.m.

More than 200 people viewed an HBO documentary on Little Rock Central High School on Wednesday and discussed how to address problems identified in the film, from blighted neighborhoods to high school students who read on a third-grade level.

Still far to go, Nine tell Central crowd

posted: 09/26/2007 4:57 a.m.

Fifty years after they set a milestone in national civil rights history by desegregating Little Rock Central High School, members of the Little Rock Nine called for continued work toward racial equality Tuesday and urged individuals to take action.

LR Nine back at Central for 50-year anniversary of school crisis

posted: 09/25/2007 2:07 p.m.

The Little Rock Nine returned Tuesday to the school they once entered under federal military escort to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of Central High desegregation. This time they were met by the cheers of hundreds of supporters, among them former President Clinton.

Clinton: LR Nine lessons left to be learned

posted: 09/25/2007 4:33 a.m. Video |

Former President Clinton said Monday during the Little Rock Nine Foundation Gala that many of today's issues - from persistent inequality to terrorism - share the same problem that led to the desegregation crisis in 1957.

LR Central High events close streets; shuttle service to run

posted: 09/25/2007 4:13 a.m. Video |

Various road closures will be in effect today around Little Rock Central High School for events related to the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.

Once again soldiers conduct LR Nine in

posted: 09/25/2007 4:12 a.m. Video |

The Little Rock Nine made the kind of trouble that changed American life for the better, said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a civil-rights icon and the keynote speaker at Monday's dedication ceremony for the new visitor center at the Central High School National Historic Site.

1st black to graduate Central sees some bad, some good since crisis

posted: 09/25/2007 3:51 a.m. Video |

Ernest Green remembers that as a child he looked up at Little Rock Central High School and thought that wonderful learning must happen there.

Worshippers hear call for unity

posted: 09/24/2007 4:50 a.m.

Black and white Little Rock residents prayed and sang together Sunday afternoon during an interracial and interfaith worship service that would have been unimaginable in the city 50 years ago.

Central High events close roads; shuttle to run

posted: 09/24/2007 4:09 a.m.

Various road closures will be in effect today through Tuesday around Little Rock Central High School for events related to the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.

Road closures set for Central anniversary

posted: 09/23/2007 4:51 a.m.

Various road closures will be in effect today through Tuesday around Little Rock Central High School for events related to the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.

Central High desegregation: 50th anniversary

posted: 09/23/2007 4:48 a.m.

Here are some events and locations of events commemorating the desegregation of Central High School. A complete schedule is available at: TODAY "Unity in the Community"

Central High center lets visitors see, hear history

posted: 09/23/2007 4:44 a.m.

At the entrance of the new Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center exhibit area, sounds of a jeering crowd and the cadence of marching soldiers fill the air as images from the 1957 desegregation flash across three television screens.

Teachers, students from '57 bond over memories of crisis

posted: 09/23/2007 4:44 a.m.

A group of teachers and students who were at Central High School during the school's desegregation 50 years ago greeted each other as old friends Saturday.

Library hosting historic decree

posted: 09/23/2007 4:40 a.m.

Tom Priest Jr. felt a connection with history as he stood over a 145-year-old piece of paper Saturday at the Clinton library.






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