A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 25, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains an A Mighty Long Way discussion guide.

When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of America.

For Carlotta and the eight other children, simply getting through the door of this admired academic institution involved angry mobs, racist elected officials, and intervention by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the Nine into the building. But entry was simply the first of many trials. Breaking her silence at last and sharing her story for the first time, Carlotta Walls has written an engrossing memoir that is a testament not only to the power of a single person to make a difference but also to the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.
 

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Carlotta Walls Lanier was a member of the original Little Rock Nine -- a group of young people who integrated Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School. Her memoir joins several others in recounting ... Read full review

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This is a "good for you" sort of book - particularly for those of us who didn't live through the civil rights turmoil of the 50s and 60s - but it's not a miserable read. Perhaps not delightful, but do ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
27
Section 3
44
Section 4
63
Section 5
99
Section 6
141
Section 7
163
Section 8
173
Section 17
275
Section 18
278
Section 19
287
Section 20
288
Section 21
289
Section 22
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Section 23
292
Section 24
294

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
228
Section 13
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Section 14
255
Section 15
265
Section 16
273
Section 25
295
Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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About the author (2009)

Carlotta Walls LaNier attended Michigan State University and graduated from Colorado State College–now the University of Northern Colorado, on whose board of trustees she sits. After working for the YWCA, she founded her own real estate brokerage firm, LaNier and Company. A sought-after lecturer, LaNier speaks across the country, and she has received the Congressional Medal of Honor and two honorary doctorate degrees. She is the mother of two children, Whitney and Brooke, and lives in Englewood, Colorado, with her husband, Ira.

Lisa Frazier Page, an editor and award-winning reporter at The Washington Post, is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream. A graduate of New Orleans’s Dillard University, Page holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She grew up in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband. They have four children.


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