Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of nine African-American students to enroll in Little Rock Arkansasâ€™ Central High School in 1957 was at Frank Phillips College last night to sign books for students.
Frank Phillips students are reading LaNierâ€™s book A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.
The Little Rock Nine were made famous after the Brown v. the Board of Education ruling that led to the desegregation of schools across the nation. Although the Little Rock School Board agreed to abide by the Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling, the Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, attempted to prevent the Nine from entering the school, going as far as sending Arkansas National Guard troops to block them out.
Woodrow Wilson Mann, then mayor of Little Rock asked President Eisenhower to send an armed escort to protect the students. Eisenhower took control of the Arkansas National Guard and sent the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army.
LaNier will again appear at FPC to address students, faculty and staff this morning at 10:00am in the BCAC gym.
Pictured: Carlotta Walls LaNier with Casey Gibbs and her son Rouri Gibbs. Casey is the granddaughter of Billy Gene Sinor, a member of the 101st Airborne Division that escorted LaNier and the rest of the Little Rock Nine safely to school in September of 1957.