A Mighty Long Way: Little Rock Nine’s Carlotta Walls LaNier by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
A member of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls LaNier has been a leading social justice advocate for nearly 60 years, focusing on equal opportunities in education. Both humbling and inspiring, LaNier motivates us to continue to break barriers and change the social landscape of America in her book A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.
Cicely Tyson with Carlotta Walls LaNier and her daughter. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Youngest of the Little Rock Nine, civil rights advocate, National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee Carlotta Walls LaNier motivates audiences with her personal story of perseverance and strength. Whether speaking to college students, business leaders, educators, or church groups, Ms. LaNier brings to life a moment in history that changed the world while inspiring hope for the future. In 1957, fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls was the youngest Little Rock Nine member to integrate Central High School. She and eight other black students faced angry mobs, racist elected officials, and federal intervention by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the Nine safely into the building. Little did she realize that day that this was the beginning of a journey that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the social landscape of America. Overcoming her initial need to forget her turbulent past, Carlotta Walls LaNier has told her dramatic story for the first time in A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School. —Penguin Random House
“It is necessary for our young kids to know why they are sitting in a classroom with others that don’t look like them.” —Carlotta Walls LaNier
Little Rock Nine with NAACP activist Daisy Bates, 1957. Photograph via Internet.
“LaNier tells her story with eloquence, dignity and a riveting sense of urgency. A Mighty Long Way provides important context for an important moment in America’s history.”—Associated Press
The Little Rock Nine are escorted inside Little Rock Central High School by troops of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army. Photograph via Internet.
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School, book cover.
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