Clinton Helps Dedicate Little Rock Nine Exhibit

Saturday, 19 Feb 2011 09:59 PM

 

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton has helped dedicate an exhibit honoring the eight living members of a group of nine black students from Arkansas who were pioneers in school integration more than five decades ago.

The exhibit for the Little Rock Nine is now on display at the Clinton Presidential Center. The dedication Saturday was the group's first gathering without fellow member Jefferson Thomas, who died last year.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 1954 outlawed racial segregation in the nation's public schools. It wasn't until 1957 in Little Rock that the federal government resolved to enforce the court's directive.

A video at the exhibit includes a speech from former President Dwight D. Eisenhower calling for the use of troops to protect black students trying to integrate.

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