It is hard to conceive that only 50 years ago America was still embroiled in segregation, or was it desegregation?  Blacks sat at the back of the bus, they drank from separate water fountains, and attended separate schools. No finer example of desegregation exists than the story from Little Rock Arkansas.

Little Rock Central High produced by filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud explores not only the past, but also the present. It may be 50 years later, and the racial split is 60% black and 40% white at Little Rock High, the question is, how much has really changed in the past 50 years?

Desegregation ripped through the American South in 1957 when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus ordered National Guard troops to prevent nine black teenagers (dubbed the “Little Rock Nine”) from entering Little Rock’s Central High School while President Dwight Eisenhower sent military troops to guard them from an angry mob of whites outside the school.

Natives of Little Rock, filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud explore the mark of the 50th anniversary of  the famous “Integration Crisis of 1957,” in Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later premiering Tuesday, September 25 at  8 p.m. (HBO) by following present-day Central High students and faculty both in and out of school, along with community leaders and one of the original “Little Rock Nine,” who reflects on how much – and how little – has evolved since she courageously crossed the school’s steps nearly half a century ago.

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Simon Barrett


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