Arkansas troops block “Little Rock Nine” from entering segregated high school

Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus calls on the National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. Armed Arkansas militia troops surrounded the school as an angry mob of about 400 whites mocked, booed and threatened to lynch the frightened African-American teens, who fled shortly after their arrival. Faubus acted in violation of a federal school integration order. The conflict set the stage for the first major test of the United States Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in 1954 Brown v Topeka Board of Education that racial segregation in educational institutions is unconstitutional.

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