Students Enjoy Live Q&A with One of the “Little Rock Nine”
Honoring Black History Month, the junior class and seniors from certain social studies classes had the incredible opportunity this afternoon to participate in a live Q&A webinar with Dr. Melba Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, and an award-winning author, professor emerita at Dominican University and lecturer. Dr. Beals, and the other eight African-American students who first attended Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, encountered extreme opposition. They faced angry mobs and vindictive students in order to earn a better education. Dr. Beals was kicked, beaten and even had acid thrown in her face. She went on to write “Warriors Don't Cry” and “March On, Girl” about segregation in the 40s and 50s. In her talk, she stressed to students that they must assess their own values and acquire the skills to demand voice, choice and participation in their own lives now and in the future.
Students will be discussing what they learned during the webinar in religion, history and English classes. What an incredible opportunity to interact with someone who changed history by finding the competence to see and the courage to act!