Little Rock Nine

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In 1957, Robin Woods Loucks sat next to Terrence Roberts during an algebra class at Little Rock Central High School. She noticed he didn’t have a book, so she shared hers.

“I knew I’d stepped over the line and he knew I’d stepped over the line and I think I remember saying, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay,’” Loucks said.

Loucks was white and Roberts was black. He was one of the Little Rock Nine—nine African-American students who integrated Central High School under protection from the U.S. Army.