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Central Region- Black History Tour-Little Rock 9 & More

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Day 1

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On the morning of September 23, 1957, what hoped to be the American Dream of Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness for nine black students who would integrate Little Rock Central High; it threatened to prove quite the opposite.  The country stood still as Central High gained national media attention as the result of a Supreme Court Ruling (Brown v. Board of Education) in 1954, which stated that "separate but equal" was not providing an equal education for Black students.  As hostility and death threats arose, the series of events that followed would make history: (President Eisenhower ordering U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division to escort the students, Arkansas National Guard, the NAACP intervening, Governor Faubus signed a bill into law allowing him to close all four Little Rock's public high schools to prevent further desegregation efforts).
 
Take a gripping tour of Little Rock's Black Heritage and Civil Rights Movement through an informative ride that will display the struggles, victories, and ultimately accomplishments of the African-Americans in Little Rock.  We'll journey to "Testament" the Civil Rights Memorial sculpture of the Little Rock Nine, Philander Smith College (HBCU), Daisy Bates House(advisor to the Little Rock Nine), Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (thriving black business community), Dunbar High School, EMOBA Black Museum, and the Clinton Presidential Center.  This tour will showcase the history of the black business district progressing, in spite of racial injustice.
 
Contact Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Leisure Sales, 501-370-3228

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