“Learn About” Questions
- Why were the Little Rock Nine gathered to drive to school together?
- Why were the National Guard needed to get them into the school?
- Who was Daisy Bates, and what role did she play in the Central High desegregation?
- What are the names of all of the Little Rock Nine? What are some details about their lives?
“Learn From” Questions
- What are my most vivid memories of attending school?
- Were there ever times in my school experience where I felt threatened? How did that impact my learning?
- Were there adults in my school experience who helped me to succeed? How did they help?
Well, we all knew. We all knew. See again, everything happened in a period of time that was like that. You know, whatever was happening, it was all in that kind of short, I’ll say condensed, period of time. We all knew what they were going through. There was a time when all the kids used to leave to go to Central High from our house. They put all the kids in a station wagon, a long green station wagon. They’d have a Jeep with a machine gun mount in the front and a Jeep with a machine gun mount in the back and they’d go to school like this from our house, the house I lived in. I’m looking at, you know, I’m living this. And this happened. Now they didn’t, there were times they may have gone to school from Daisy Bate’s house. But for sure from our house. This is how they used to go to school. And naturally when they’d come back they’d talk about it. I remember when what’s his name, they kicked her out of the Nine ‘cuz she threw chili in the boy’s face. Uh, Minniejean Brown. She was one of the eight, one of the Nine. They suspended her. Matter of fact, they expelled her from the Nine. She was waiting in line for lunch and she said this little white boy behind her just kept, he wouldn’t stop, he wouldn’t stop. And she turned around and whoosh. That created a big, you know, to-do with what was happening. I mean, there’s a picture of Elizabeth Eckford that has gone around the world probably more than any other picture from the Little Rock, you know, the integration of the school. But we all knew what was happening. After Brother graduated, he went straight to Michigan State. Did they give him a scholarship? So he had that taken care of. And he got his Master’s and then he came on back. And I could see all of this happening. And I’m saying, you know, Brother’s something special just like Mother’s something special, Sister’s something special. But especially the difference in us and how we deal with what we are doing, what we have out here to deal with. You know, we, I mean, you know, it’s, and Brother’s pretty much set. He has his own company now, again.