Rector High GT Students Visit Central High
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Rector High School Gifted and Talented students had the opportunity to learn more about the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School, which is recognized for the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the United States.
In the eyes of historians, the nine African-American students' persistence in attending the formerly all-white school was the most prominent national example of the implementation of the May 17, 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.
Rector GT students in grades 7-12 loaded a charted bus, courtesy of a grant received through the National Parks Service, and were treated to an eye-opening learning experience.
The students enjoyed watching the documentary film "The Road to Little Road" as they traveled on the Cline Tours motor coach. The actual field trip began at the National Parks Visitor's Center and included a 45 minute self-guided exploration of a variety of exhibits. The second part of the tour included a guided walking tour inside Central High School.
The National Park's service guide shared that the controversy in Little Rock was the first fundamental test of the United States resolve to enforce African-American civil rights in the face of massive southern defiance. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was compelled by white mob violence to use federal troops to ensure the rights of African-American children to attend any public school.
"Our guide was very passionate about the significance of the crisis at Little Rock Central High School," shared Rector GT Coordinator, Candy Williams. "He really emphasized how we should not bully others and that we should treat all humans fairly regardless of skin color or any other mental or physical characteristics."
GT students attending the trip included-Colton Lindsey, Drake Lindsey, Conly Lockhart, Tailer McElhaney, Shianne Rients, Sarah Robinson, Kirk Beshears, Brianna Glasco, Maddie Hobbs, Hunter McNeeley, Zephyer Tinsley, Tabor Trail, Sarah Willis, Sydney Wofford, Jarek Ellis, Amber Beck, Avery Bucy, Dominique Coln, Bailey Hoots, Sarah Isom, Blake LaRue, Natalie Varner, Shelby Ward, Austin Clairday, Lawson Ford, Danny Hager, Ty Haney, Victoria Hill, Meagan March, Kade Scott, Jamie Hatfield, Lindsey Shelton, Josh Loveless and Alec Scott.