Mem­ber of Lit­tle Rock Nine to speak at UCO

The Oklahoman - - NEWS -

Civil Rights fig­ure Car­lotta Walls LaNier will speak this month at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Ok­la­homa in recog­ni­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary of the his­toric de­seg­re­ga­tion of the Lit­tle Rock, Arkansas, pub­lic schools. In 1957, LaNier was one of nine black stu­dents, later re­ferred to as the Lit­tle Rock Nine, to en­ter Cen­tral High School in Lit­tle Rock.

The UCO Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion, Lead­er­ship Cen­tral and Of­fice of Di­ver­sity and In­clu­sion will host LaNier at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in Con­sti­tu­tion Hall in the Nigh Univer­sity Cen­ter. LaNier will sign copies of her book, “A Mighty Long Way: My Jour­ney to Jus­tice at Lit­tle Rock Cen­tral High School.” The book de­tails LaNier’s per­spec­tive of Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower’s fed­eral in­ter­ven­tion in the case of the Lit­tle Rock Nine.

The event is free to the pub­lic, but UCO stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff will be given seat­ing pri­or­ity.

Stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff can re­serve a ticket on­line at The UCOSA of­fice will also have tick­ets avail­able for stu­dents in NUC Room 148. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the UCOSA at 405-974-2249 or sdu­

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