REBROADCAST: Melba Patillo Beals Reflects on Life Under Jim Crow and Being One of the Little Rock Nine

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Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escort African-American students to Central High School in Little Rock in Sept. 1957, after the governor of Arkansas tried to enforce segregation.  (Photo: National Archives)

NOTE: This interview originally aired on May 3, 2018.

In 1957, Melba Patillo Beals integrated Central High School as one of the Little Rock Nine. In her new book, "March Forward, Girl," Beals chronicles her life leading up to her ground breaking turn as a high school activist. Beale joins Forum to discuss her work in the name of civil rights and racial justice, progress made, and what still needs to be done.


Melba Pattillo Beals, activist, journalist, and educator; author, "March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine"