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A Mighty Long Way (Young Readers)

My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

In 1957, at fourteen years old, Carlotta Walls was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine. The journey to integration in a place deeply against it would not be not easy. Yet Carlotta, her family, and the other eight students and their families answered the call to be part of the desegregation order issued by the US Supreme Court in its 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case.

As angry mobs protested, the students were escorted into Little Rock Central High School by escorts from the 101st Airborne Division, which had been called in by then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower to ensure their safety. The effort needed to get through that first year in high school was monumental, but Carlotta held strong. Ultimately, she became the first Black female ever to walk across the Central High stage and receive a diploma.

The Little Rock Nine experienced traumatic and life-changing events not only as a group but also as individuals, each with a distinct personality and a different story. In this young readers' adaptation of A Mighty Long Way, tweens and teens can learn Carlotta's courageous story through her own words.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 10 and up
Author Carlotta Walls LaNier, Lisa Frazier Page
ISBN 0593486757
Publication Date Jan 17, 2023
Publisher Delacorte Press
Language English