60th Anniversary Of Little Rock Nine To Be Honored Smithsonian African American Museum

by Raheem Karim
Little Rock Nine

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Six Of The Little Rock Nine Wil Be Included In The Panel Discussion Hosted By The National Museum of African American History & Culture

It has been 60 years since the ground breaking decision by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education to ban school segregation. Following the decision nine students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, tabbed Little Rock Nine.

They will be honored for their bravery and determination by the Smithsonian African American Museum. The National Museum of African American History & Culture will be hosting a panel discussion titled “Reflections of the Little Rock Nine 1957–2017,” Six of the nine students who integrated Little Rock Central High School will be included on the panel.

NMAAHC’s first-year anniversary celebration will be a 3 day celebration starting September 23-24 and the 26th. The first day will kick off with several performances on the museum grounds from Ballou High School’s Majestic Knights Marching Band, KanKouran West African Dance Company, Experience Unlimited, and GR!DC (Girls Rock DC). The second day will feature performances from Afro-Brazilian band Batala Washington, jazz performer Rochelle Rice, and hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon. The second Community Day begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Scheduled bands include Afro-Brazilian band Batala Washington, jazz performer Rochelle Rice and hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the horticulture staff will continue the tours, and Diane Macklin will present Stories by Diane Macklin. Macklin is a master storyteller and American griot who weaves stories from the African American diaspora.

“Reflections of the Little Rock Nine 1957–2017” which includes 6 of the Little Rock Nine students concludes the first anniversary celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

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Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the museum stated, “This first anniversary gives us at the Smithsonian the opportunity to thank everyone for this incredible gift and for making it possible to continue our mission to help America grapple with history by seeing their past through an African American lens—and ultimately help Americans find healing and reconciliation.”

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