The Integration of Central High School
Little Rock, Arkansas
The desegregation of public facilities began with the decision of Brown vs Board of Education in 1954, where the Supreme Court of the United States deemed segregation unlawful and unconstitutional. The country was told that desegregation was to take place "with all deliberate speed". This angered the white community. Violent retaliation was the means used to prevent the integration of blacks into various public facilities. In fact,
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out of control. I think the federal government's successful intervention had more impact than was thought at the time. The executive branch didn't just prove that they'd impose desegregation by force. It proved that it could impose any court order by force. Their intervention made the community think twice about opposing the government. The integration of Central High School was a landmark step not only for the black movement but for the government as well.