Davis audience hears from civil-rights hero
Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, delivers the keynote speech Saturday at the 10th Anniversary Equity Reunion at the Brunelle Performance Hall. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo
The promise of equality contained in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark desegregation ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, might have remained little more than a promise were it not for people like Melba Pattillo Beals.
At the age of 15, Beals was chosen as one of what would become the "Little Rock Nine" — nine African-American teenagers selected because of their excellent grades and attendance to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.
Not many in Little Rock wanted the high school integrated ... Continue Reading