We started our morning off in Hot Springs but we soon left for Little Rock. It wasn’t too long of a drive at just about one hour. The first thing we did in Little Rock was to go to Little Rock Central High School, the site of a monumental event in the fight for Civil Rights.
On September 3, 1957, black students were about to get to their first day of school at the formerly segregated high school; however, they were blocked from entering by Arkansas National Guard members. These soldiers were ordered there by the governor, who thought that the school shouldn’t be desegregated. President Eisenhower thought that this was an illegal act so he sent soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division there to escort the students to school. This was an important event because it had widespread media attention and many Americans were able to see the struggles of racism in the South. It was also the spearhead of school desegregation across the U.S.
We finished off the day by going to the Clinton Presidential Library which contained both a museum about William Clinton and all of the paperwork from his time in presidency. I learned a lot today and can’t wait to learn more during our time on the road. Happy New Year! (AT)
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If you boys remember DaviesHighschool in Fargo, it is named after the Federal Judge from Fargo who was sent to little rock to order desegregation in that school. Ronald Davies.
Glad you are visiting the presidential libraries.
Yes-we picked up on that and they talked about his role. The visitors center gave a great history lesson for the boys. Woody was totally unaware of this but andy already knew a lot of details. (MT)
Great history lesson today! And great post Andy!
Safe travels and Happy New Year!
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Super great lesson! Woody didn’t know much about it, but I told him he’d for sure see it on a test someday! Happy New Year to the both of you too! MT
Awesome, awesome! Can’t help saying I wish I was with you. Thanks for keeping everyone posted on your adventure.
There’s always room at our “house”!
This is really great, I think. Learn about the context and background that makes this nation what it is.
You all are blessed to have this extremely rare opportunity. Glad to see you’re making the most of it.
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Thanks Mike! We’re trying hard to balance the sightseeing with the schoolwork, but everything is new to us so we want to see it all!
I think this is when the boys realized that we were going to be seeing some really important and educational things on the trip!