School board member in LIttle Rock Arkansas responds to reporter's questions about racial segregation, civil rights, and the strife that occurred in 1957 surrounding the "Little Rock Nine" and integration of Little Rock Central High school in Little Rock,Arkansas. He speaks on the effects of the racial segregation and attendant discord and strife on industrial and commercial development of the city of Little Rock, Arkansas.
View of Central High School, Little Rock Arkansas. Former student, Jefferson Thomas, one of the nine black students who integrated the school in 1957,is revisiting the school. View of integrated student track and field team practicing.View of the front of the school. Flashback scenes of the "Little Rock Nine," black students trying to enter Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Police officer keeping back jeering local students. Racial fighting breaks out among people watching the event, and police try to maintain order. View of Arkansas National Guard troops preventing the black students from entering the school. Scene returns to 1964 briefly and then back to September 27, 1957, when on orders from President Eisenhower, a company of U.S. Army soldiers marches up takes up positions at the school.They set up barricades, maintain order, and provide armed escort for the nine black students entering school.The nine students enter army station wagons and drive to school accompanied by soldiers in an army jeep.Views of people mingling around the school as U.S. Army soldiers stand amongst them.
Shows several newspaper headlines relating to racial segregation and desegregation in Little Rock Central High school in Little Rock, Arkansas and the civil rights movement. Elizabeth Eckford, a member of the Little Rock Nine (Negro students) speaks about the changes in Little Rock Central High school since 1957. High school girls,including an African American girl, shooting in a firing range. African American students are among those seen in Central High School lunch room. Students, including an African American, play basketball.
Jefferson Thomas, of the "Little Rock Nine," in a hallway, revisiting Central High School, in Little Rock Arkansas. He looks through a classroom window at a former teacher, Miss Dunn, speaking to a class from a lab table next to an anatomical model. View of Ernest Green sitting with other students in a lab filled with electronic equipment. Much later, as President of the NAACP chapter on campus of Michigan State University, he is seen handing out pamphlets to other students. Views of students congregating on the grounds of the university. One girl holds a poster reading "Give, NAACP Fund Drive." Professor David Gottlieb introduces Ernest Green who steps to a classroom podium to speak to Michigan State students in a lecture room. Green carrying books is seen entering and sitting down in the Michigan State library. In another scene, he enters sociological data into Hollerith punch cards for processing by computer. He walks in the university computer room where tape decks are seen spinning and computer operators are at work. One of the tapes mounted on a drive is labeled: "Ernest Green, Aspirations." Results from his work are seen coming out of a line printer. Green sits in a library and opens the 1960 yearbook of Central High School containing his and Carlotta Walls 'entries. View of Carlotta, in dorm at Denver University, Colorado, where she is a student. Gloria Ray is seen at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is a senior majoring in chemistry. Terrence Roberts is seen at the City College of Los Angeles, where he is studying Business Administration. Melba Pattillo, who left college to marry, is seen in two views.Scene shifts back to Central High and Jefferson Thomas, looking at the athletic trophies on display. He (who is narrating this film) states that he will take an exam in Spring to become a Certified Public Accountant. He walks down steps of Central High and camera pans over neighborhood to the State Capitol dome in distance.
Shows a Greyhound bus traveling to Little Rock Arkansas, moving on streets in the city. Exterior view of the bus in motion as seen from another vehicle. German Press crew inside the bus, along with passengers. Point of view shots from inside the moving bus of Little Rock Arkansas area as seen through the bus window. Scenes of a gas station, used cars shop, government building. A German reporter exits from the bus in front of Central High School and mentions having been there 6 years ago during civil rights confrontations surrounding the "Little Rock Nine" in 1957, when National Guard troops were dispatched to maintain order.
A service at the AME Church in Little rock, Arkansas. Pastor addresses the congregation that includes several of the original "Little Rock Nine." They receive life membership in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) . Starting at 1:20 into clip, bombing damage done to the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama is shown. The First Baptist Church was bombed in 1957. Negro women leave the Little Rock AME church after the service.