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Bill Clinton Reminds of Tenet to Love Neighbors

Bill Clinton Reminds of Tenet to Love Neighbors
In this Sept. 26, 1957 file photo, members of the 101st Airborne Division take up positions outside Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce integration at the school. (AP)

Monday, 25 September 2017 02:08 PM

Former President Bill Clinton says the nine black schoolchildren who integrated Little Rock's Central High School simply wanted to be a part of America and a part of the wider world.

Clinton delivered the keynote speech Monday at an event marking the anniversary of when the nine students entered the school on Sept. 25, 1957, under escort by federal troops.

The former president said genetic research shows that all humans are essentially the same and that people shouldn't fight over the half percent that is different.

Clinton also said that nearly all of the world's religions teach that, after the love of God, the love of neighbor is next in importance.

He also said that it was right to put on dancing shoes and celebrate today, but that marching boots would be necessary again tomorrow.

The surviving members of the Little Rock Nine offered their recollections of their time at Central High School as they marked the 60th anniversary of their integration of the school.

Gloria Ray Karlmark opted Monday to talk about the last day of the 1957-58 school year, rather than the students' tumultuous first day on Sept. 25, 1957, when federal troops had to escort nine black teenagers into the school past an angry white mob.

Karlmark said that on that final school day, she picked up her yearbook but wondered who would sign it. A white girlfriend with whom she had exchanged notes was the first to sign. Karlmark said another girl wrote that the two could be friends "in a different age."

The eight surviving members of the group attended the event while an empty chair on the stage recognized the one who has died, Jefferson Thomas. Organizers of the event set aside space for each of the nine; Thomas's was draped with a sash of old gold and black, the school's colors.

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Former President Bill Clinton says the nine black schoolchildren who integrated Little Rock's Central High School simply wanted to be a part of America and a part of the wider world.
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