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1 THE LITTLE ROCK NINE Then and Now edited by Maureen Hearns, MA, MT-BC Nine African-American teenagers who faced great obstacles and angry crowds in September 1957, and showed the world that no matter how old you are, you can change the course of history.

2 ERNEST GREEN Born Sept. 22, 1941 “…warm eyes and quick smile…” Warriors Don’t Cry, pg. 34 “It’s been an interesting year. I’ve had a course in human relations first hand.”

3 ERNEST GREEN 1 st African-American student to graduate from CHS in May 1958 BA & MA – Michigan State University, 1964 Asst. Secretary Labor, Carter admin Senior Managing Director, Lehman Brothers Resides in Washington, DC

4 MELBA PATTILLO Born Dec. 7, 1941 Family believed in the importance of a good education “In order to get through this year, you will have to become a soldier. Never let your enemy know what you are feeling.” - Danny

5 MELBA PATTILLO BEALS Completed HS in Santa Rosa, CA MA Journalism, Columbia University in New York Reporter for NBC 1994 – published Warriors Don’t Cry Communications Consultant & Journalism Professor in San Francisco

6 TERRENCE ROBERTS Born Dec. 3, 1941 “Tall, thin…he was a very verbal person who could be counted on to give the funniest, most intelligent analysis of any situation.” Warriors Don’t Cry, pg. 34

7 DR. TERRENCE ROBERTS Graduated Los Angeles HS, PhD-Psychology Southern Illinois Univ Professor, UCLA & Antioch College Clinical psychologist in private practice

8 ELIZABETH ECKFORD Born Oct. 4, 1941 “…petite, a very quiet, private person…. She was regal in her bearing and, like all of us, very serious about her studies.” Warriors Don’t Cry, pg. 34

9 ELIZABETH ECKFORD Completed HS with correspondence and night courses BA, history, Central State University, Ohio Served in US Army Currently a probation officer in Little Rock, Arkansas

10 MINNIEJEAN BROWN Born Sept. 11, 1941 “…my special friend… we saw each other almost every day;… both of us were tall for our age; we shared daydreams… and our desire to sing.” Warriors Don’t Cry, pg. 35

11 MINNIEJEAN BROWN TRICKEY Suspended and expelled from CHS Graduated from NY’s New Lincoln School, 1959 MSW, Carleton Univ. Ontario, Canada Writer, lives in Canada Continues to work for social rights and equality

12 GLORIA RAY Born Sept. 26, 1942 “Delicate in stature, she was as meticulous about her attire as she was about her studies. Her all-knowing eyes grew even more intense as she spoke in softly measured words.” Warriors Don’t Cry, pg. 35

13 GLORIA RAY KARLMARK Graduated Kansas City Central HS, 1958 BS, Chemistry/Math – Illinois Institute of Technology, 1965 Systems Analyst & Technical Writer; published, 39 countries Currently lives in Amsterdam

14 JEFFERSON THOMAS Born Sept. 1, 1942 Outstanding track athletic & president of student council in JHS Quiet and soft-spoken Subtle, infectious sense of humor, “the kind that makes you giggle aloud when you’re not supposed to.” Warriors Don’t Cry, pg. 34

15 JEFFERSON THOMAS Graduated CHS, 1960 Accountant with US Dept. of Defense Retired, lives in Columbus, Ohio

16 THELMA MOTHERSHED Born Nov. 29, 1940 “Small…with a very pale complexion, her wise eyes peered through thick-lensed horn-rimmed glasses. [Her] heart problem …forced her to rest… to catch her breath.” Warriors Don’t Cry, pg. 35

17 THELMA MOTHERSHED WAIR Graduated CHS by correspondence & attending summer school in St. Louis 1970 – MA in Guidance/Counseling Education, Southern Illinois Univ Lives in Belleville, IL – works with abused women

18 CARLOTTA WALLS Born Dec. 18, 1942 “…an athlete, very sleek and wonderfully energetic…a girl-next- door type, always in a good mood, always ready to try something new.” Warriors Don’t Cry, pg. 35

19 CARLOTTA WALLS LANIER Graduated CHS, 1960 Personally inspired by the life of Rosa Parks 1968 Bachelor’s degree – Univ. Northern Colorado Founded own real estate company – broker, 30 years Contempory inductee – Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Resides in Englewood, CO

20 CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL 1999 Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor …for their sacrifice and contribution to the cause of equality.

21 The Congressional Gold Medal

22 Midway by Naomi Long Madgett (1959) "I've come this far to freedom and I won't turn back I'm climbing to the highway from my old dirt track I'm coming and I'm going And I'm stretching and I'm growing And I'll reap what I've been sowing or my skin's not black I've prayed and slaved and waited and I've sung my song You've bled me and you've starved me but I've still grown strong You've lashed me and you've treed me And you've everything but freed me But in time you'll know you need me and it won't be long. I've seen the daylight breaking high above the bough I've found my destination and I've made my vow; So whether you abhor me Or deride me or ignore me Mighty mountains loom before me and I won't stop now.

23 THE LITTLE ROCK NINE Studying assignments… Changing a world…


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