Words That Matter–Voices of Civil Rights: The 1st Day at Central High (September 4th, 1957)

This audio walking tour follows the footsteps and narrates eyewitness accounts of the Little Rock Nine’s ill-fated first attempt to attend classes during the historic desegregation crisis. Researched, scripted, and recorded by students in the Central High Memory Project.

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Creator: Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.). Civil Rights Memory Project

Time Period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

Location: Pulaski County

 

The Little Rock Central High Memory Project website

The Little Rock Central High’s Civil Rights Memory Project was inspired by the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress. The student-designed website includes lesson plans, student interviews, essays, and digital projects, as well as a history of the ongoing Memory Project.

Creator: Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.). Civil Rights Memory Project

Time Period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

Location: Pulaski County

Walking Tour Sampler: French version

From “Words That Matter–Voices of Civil Rights: The 1st Day at Central High (September 4th, 1957).”

This document is a French-language version of Audio Stop 2 of the walking tour script.

Translators: Anna Mitchell and Laetitia Bobet, high school students, Portland, Maine, USA.

Time Period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

Location: Pulaski County

Read the Walking Tour Sampler: French version here.

 

Student produced content: Elizabeth Eckford

Rachel Gibson attended a talk by Ruby Bridges at Harding University on February 2, 2017 where she met Elizabeth Eckford in the audience. Students at Harding and at area public schools who also attended the evening program were invited to share their responses to the stories they heard that evening as part of the Civil Rights Memory Project at Little Rock Central High, sponsored by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library.

Creator: Rachel Gibson, Harding University

Time Period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

Location: Pulaski County

Lesson plans: Arkansas Japanese Internment Camps

Students will learn about everyday life in the Rohwer Japanese Internment Camp in Arkansas using primary and secondary sources. Students will also learn about American attitudes toward Japanese-Americans during World War II using primary and secondary sources.

Creator: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Geographic: Mississippi Alluvial Plain

Location: Desha County

Time period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

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Lesson plans: Arkansas Architects at Work

Objectives: The student will be introduced to what architecture is and how it relates to history, social change and the environment. The student will learn about the history of architecture in Arkansas. The student will be introduced to new vocabulary that pertains to 20th century architecture. The student will learn about two prominent 20th century Arkansas architects. The student will learn what an architect has to consider while designing a building. The student will learn that architectural styles are an expression of taste, the time period, creativity and values of the architect, the client and community.

Creator: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Grades: 9-12 High School

Time period: Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12); Early 20th Century (Great Depression) (gr 9-12); World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967; Modern Era 1968 to Present

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Lesson plans: American Indians and the 14th Amendment

OBJECTIVES: Students will examine and understand the meaning of the 14th Amendment as it was written in 1865 and how it is applied in the 20th and 21st centuries to American Indians; Students will examine the legal standing of American Indians before and after the passage of the 14th Amendment; Students will be able to define the changing definition of citizenship in America.

Creator: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Grades: 9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900; Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12); Early 20th Century (Great Depression) (gr 9-12); World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

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Lesson plans: Teaching Empathy, The Story of Ruby Bridges

Objectives: To understand empathy and respond in appropriate ways by reading The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles; To recognize courage in others and ourselves; To form connections with others and practice empathy/courage in our daily lives.

Creator: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Grades: K-4 Elementary School

Time period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

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Lesson plans: You’re the Justice! A Landmark Case in Supreme Court History

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that declared “separate education facilities [were] inherently unequal” and violated the 14th Amendment guarantee of “equal protection of the laws” for all citizens. It was a reversal of the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which established the doctrine of “separate but equal.”

Creator: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Grades: 9-12 High School

Geographic: Ouachita Mountains

Location: Pulaski County

Time period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

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Lesson plans: “Great things happen in small places…” Government Authority and Civil Rights Activism in Arkansas

Objectives: To comprehend the desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School in 1957; To identify the Arkansas State Legislature, its role in the crisis at Little Rock Central High School, and the attributes of effective leadership; To comprehend the way legal appeals through the federal court systems, combined with grass roots organizations (church communities, neighborhoods) and individual activism, causedchange at Little Rock Central High School; To feel the depth of emotion held by all sides of the struggle and encourage respect for personal opinion.

Creator: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Grades: 9-12 High School

Geographic: Ouachita Mountains

Location: Pulaski County

Time period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

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