September 9, 1957
The North Little Rock Six, six African-American students who attempted to desegregate North Little Rock High School, arrived for the first day of school, accompanied by four black ministers. Five days earlier, however, the North Little Rock School Board had announced its decision to postpone “indefinitely” the high school’s integration. When they tried to enter the school, the six students were met with a group of students blocking the entrance. The six students were instructed to meet the superintendent at another location. By noon, a crowd of around 200 had gathered at the school. The six did not attempt to desegregate the school again and had enrolled at Scipio Jones High School by September 23. The district did not desegregate until September 3, 1964.