The Story of the Little Rock Nine
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Learn the story of the first 9 African American students to attend the all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn how powers of local & national government battled integration three years after the landmark, Brown v the Board of Education of Topeka ruled segregation unconstitutional. Hear from students, Ernest Green, the first African American to graduate from Central High School, and Melba Pattillo Beals, PhD, who penned her inspirational memoirs in her bestselling books Warriors Don’t Cry, March Forward Girl, and I Will Not Fear. Learn about their trials and triumphs while fighting for a quality education with equal opportunities.

Type of Video: Story*
Unique Video ID: Civil Rights-34**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have students report on other people/persons who were the “First _____ in US history” and what societal changes may have occurred as a result. What was the significance of the “first”?
  • Use the video as part of your students’ study of America’s civil rights movement or other events/topics related to segregation and discrimination. What did they know about the Little Rock 9 before viewing the video? What do they see as the impact of that event on American history?


*Story videos employ a narrative form to highlight a topic, location, or practitioner in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.