“When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School in September 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey was filled with violent and angry mobs, racist elected officials, and federal intervention by President Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the “Little Rock Nine”, as they came to be known, safely into the school building.” (Source: Penguin Random House)
This presentation brings history to life, allowing participants a first-hand account of one of the most important events in American history and the ongoing pursuit of equality. LaNier reminds us that education is priceless and should not be taken for granted and that courage and sacrifice may be required to secure a better future for all.
Families will want to read LaNier’s memoir “A Mighty Long Way” and join us when she offers insight on human rights, social justice, racism, tolerance, understanding the power of democracy, and the potential of each one of us to make a difference.
Students are encouraged to attend this free program which is open to the public.
CPDUs are available for education professionals.
Event flier available here: Walls-Lanier Flier (pdf)
Prior to this event, F.U.S.E./Families United for Students’ Excellence (African-American Parent Committee) will host “Kick-Off for School Success Family Picnic” at 6:15 p.m. in Glenbard East’s Cafeteria. At 6:15pm we will also recognize the achievement of our Glenbard African American students.