A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock by Carlotta Walls Lanier, Lisa Frazier Page

By Carlotta Walls Lanier, Lisa Frazier Page

While fourteen-year-old Carlotta partitions walked up the steps of Little Rock significant highschool on September 25, 1957, she and 8 different black scholars purely desired to make it to classification. however the trip of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they got here to be recognized, could lead the kingdom on a fair longer and masses extra turbulent course, one who could problem winning attitudes, holiday down obstacles, and perpetually switch the panorama of America.

For Carlotta and the 8 different youngsters, easily getting in the course of the door of this prominent educational establishment concerned indignant mobs, racist elected officers, and intervention by means of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was once pressured to ship within the a hundred and first Airborne to escort the 9 into the construction. yet access used to be easily the 1st of many trials. Breaking her silence ultimately and sharing her tale for the 1st time, Carlotta partitions has written an engrossing memoir that could be a testomony not just to the facility of a unmarried individual to make a distinction but in addition to the sacrifices made through households and groups that stumbled on themselves part of historical past.

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40 Mary Monroe I had worked most of my adult life, but Rhoda had lived a life of leisure for most of hers and still did, in my opinion. During our teens, while I had worked in the bean fields to earn some of my spending money, she’d lounged around the huge house that her daddy owned, trying to decide what to buy next with all the money she had access to. Her daddy had been the only black funeral director in Richland, Ohio, at the time. One thing about black folks back then was that they could always be counted on to keep a funeral director in business.

He’s a good man, too. He’s what I need right now, and as long as he’s keeping me happy, I will be with him . . ” Silence hung in the air for a few seconds like a bad odor. “I’m scared of you,” Rhoda gasped. “This sounds like more than just a fly-by-night fling. ” I wasn’t exactly sure how to respond to Rhoda’s question. I took my time answering. “Hello? ” she hollered. “I’m still with you,” I mumbled, still trying to come up with an answer to her question. ” “I did. I don’t know if this is going to go anywhere or not.

Like beer or their favorite tool or somethin’. I bet if somebody offered Pee Wee a brand-new easy chair to lounge around in like a lizard, he’d grab it so fast, it would make your head spin. ” “I just told you, men his age don’t know any better. ” “Rhoda, if I were you, I’d stop while I was ahead. This conversation is wreaking havoc on my ego. ” “I’m only tryin’ to help,” Rhoda said sharply. “Well, you’re helping me all right. Helping me lose what little dignity I have left. ” As grim as this conversation was, I still had to cover my mouth to keep from laughing.

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