Sixty years ago, US federal troops were called in to Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students who were attempting to attend a previously all-white high school

Testing a landmark 1954 US Supreme Court ruling that declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional, nine black students attempted to enrol at the Little Rock High School in Arkansas on 4 September 1957. Despite the Little Rock school board voting to integrate pupils, Governor Orval Fabus deployed the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the nine from entering the premises.

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