The Little Rock Crisis 1957

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools are “inherently unequal.” As a result of that ruling, nine African American students enrolled at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. The ensuing standoff between segregationists and integrationists, the State of Arkansas and the Federal Government, and Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus and President Dwight D. Eisenhower has become known as the “Little Rock Crisis.” When Governor Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to surround Central High School to bar the students from entering, President Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division into Little Rock to insure the safety of the “Little Rock Nine” and to uphold the Supreme Court ruling.