LITTLE ROCK, AR - The U.S. Senate has approved a resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School, a landmark in civil rights history. The measure was introduced by Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Democrats from Arkansas.
The senators said the nine black students who first attended the all-white school in 1957 under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling advanced the cause of equal opportunity for all. The resolution encourages Americans to continue to work toward that end.
Numerous anniversary events are scheduled this month, including a gala that former President Clinton and the Little Rock Nine will attend. The school is still fully functioning, and is the main feature of a National Park Service historic site.