A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Random House Publishing Group, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mjspear - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KC_in_KS - LibraryThing
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