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)