This week, the George W. Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, Dr. John Kirk joins Abby in the classroom to help with explaining the legacy of the Little Rock Nine.

Dr. Kirk reflects on the racial tension in Little Rock, Arkansas that ultimately lead to the temporary closing of the Little Rock community’s public high schools. He also addresses how President Eisenhower had to employ his executive power to protect the Little Rock Nine from torment at the hands of Gov. Orval Faubus (R-AR) and other segregationists. Later, Dr. Kirk shares how the Little Rock Nine’s legacy lives on today.

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