Eckford’s personal account of the role she played in the civil rights movement will be held in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning on WSU’s Ogden campus. Prior to her address, Eckford will take part in a reception and book signing from 6-7 p.m.
Both the lecture and reception are free to the public.
In September 1957, nine African-American students attempted to enroll at Little Rock Central High School, the result of a federal court-ordered desegregation plan. Their entrance into the school ignited a national conflict when then-Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to deny the students entry. President Dwight D. Eisenhower responded by sending in special units of the U.S. Army to escort the students into the school and federalizing the Arkansas National Guard. The students attended the previously all-white school, despite mob-like name-calling, taunts, and threats from fellow students and the general public.
Eckford’s visit is presented by WSU’s Office of the Assistant to the President for Diversity, Multicultural Student Center, Center for Diversity & Unity, Black Scholars United, Office of Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action, the Ogden branch of the NAACP, and the National Park Service of Little Rock, Ark., in collaboration with Two Rivers High School.
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