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In 1957, nine brave black teenagers took on the segregated American system, enrolling in Little Rock’s all-white Central High School. The Little Rock Nine, as they became known, faced death threats in their attempt to enforce the newly passed Brown vs. Board of Education.
60 years later, racial equity struggles today echo their story.
Youth Radio is partnering with Central High School students to use today’s storytelling techniques to make history come alive on the anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s fight.
Using #LR9Live, Youth Radio’s Twitter feed takes us back in time with a reenactment of the nine’s return to Central High, ultimately breaking down the walls of segregation.
Our feed today includes a rich trove of primary-sourced photos, quotes, videos and illustrations to remind us of how much — and how little — has changed.
Join the conversation now by following @youthradio and #LR9LIVE on Twitter. Retweet and like tweets from Youth Radio journalists and Central High students, and check back at the dedicated page HERE for even more on how young people make history.
Even though people of different races go to the same schools in 2017, we are not necessarily living in the same version of America.
As part of our partnership with the New York Times Race/Related, Youth Radio correspondents from around the country described their lasting memories of a first encounter with racism.
It was the first time I had ever heard that word. I didn’t know how to react. I had many questions. Should I be upset? Could I call the white student the n-word too? Who invented this word? Do adults use the word?
Having to spend my childhood rehearsing for the day a police officer would pull me over may sound scary. And I’m aware it’s not something parents of all races feel the need to teach their kids. But the day it actually happened, I was grateful that my mom made sure I was ready.
Does racial profiling start as early as preschool? A recent study shows even preschool teachers exhibit racial bias. Youth Radio’s Myles Bess has the scoop.