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Education and Desegregation in Little Rock

Little Rock Central High School In addition to visiting Little Rock Central High School and learning about the Little Rock Nine, we had the honor of meeting Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton.  Dr. Hampton grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and in 1962, five years after integration of the Little Rock Nine, she became the first African American student to complete her entire education at Little Rock Central High School. Students with Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton
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Ezra found a piano at the King Center in Atlanta. 

Greensboro, North Carolina

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