The Little Rock Nine and Ruby Bridges: a story of school segregation in the USA
- The Little Rock Nine
- Ruby Bridges
During segregation, colored people and white people were separated in many places like in buses, in churches, in restaurants and even in school. When segregation was abolished in 1956, those kinds of separations were now illegal. However, many of people did not accept that black people were allowed to frequent the old white establishment, and they were often protestation of segregationist. This is what happened in the city of Little Rock the capital of the Arkansas state.
[...] The mayor of Little Rock asked for more help from Eisenhower, so he sent the army in Little Rock in order to escort the nine students in school and maintain their safety. The troops of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army were here the 25 September 1957 in order to escort the student in their class and maintain their security. It was a hard decision for Eisenhower because for 80 years, no armies were sent in an ex-confederated state. [...]
[...] There were many people around, most of them were segregationists. They yelled at her and threw to her object. Ruby wasn't warned that she could face protestation, so she only believed it was Mardi-Gras, a fest which is widely celebrates in New-Orleans. When she entered the school, many white parents took away their white children and forbade them to go school with a black pupil. All the teachers also refused to take Ruby in their classroom expect for Barbara Henry, a white teacher. [...]