Because of the events of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis, and the historic role the city has in the story of the civil rights movement, it remains, and will always remain, a bellwether for measuring the nation’s progress in education. On the sixtieth anniversary of the school crisis, that report card is far from exemplary. Little Rock’s public schools, like so many others across the South and across the nation, are hurtling back in time into a new age of resegregation. It seems that Little Rock’s most enduring historical legacy is set to become that of a symbol of America’s failed attempts to deliver equal education for all of its school children. Though civil rights advocates temporarily triumphed in 1957, segregationists appear to be winning the long game.
1957 Little Rock Crisis 60th Anniversary #1
By John Kirk • Aug 10, 2017