In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched by the incredible story of Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine.
Following the landmark Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education, all school districts were instructed to begin integrating public buildings. But in Little Rock, Arkansas, the resistance to integration became a national spectacle. As Governor Orval Faubus went to extreme lengths to keep Little Rock’s Central High segregated, nine brave African American students stepped up to confront him. The teenagers were selected and aided by Civil Rights activist Daisy Bates, local NAACP president, newspaper owner, and all-around champion for change. Together, Bates, the Little Rock Nine, and their courageous families changed the American education system. But since the 1980s, American schools have started to become more segregated. We explore the factors surrounding the complicated issue and examine how the education of Black children in America has been shaped throughout our history.
Still Separate, Still Unequal: Teaching About School Segregation and Educational Inequality (NYT article Katie mentions)
What we are reading:
Katie: Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
Hailee: Songteller by Dolly Parton
Recommended this week: see our Bookshop affiliate page for all of our recommendation or to purchase a title!
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls Lanier
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High by Elizabeth Eckford
The Lost Education of Horace Tate by Vanessa Siddle Walker
Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works by Rucker C. Johnson and Alexander Nazaryan
The Long Ride by Marina Budhos
What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris