Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Earth school – The school for our lifetime.…
Imagine having to go to school surrounded be heavily armed paratroopers to protect you.
In Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957, this was the reality for nine black students who wanted to attend the local white high school.
When the Arkansas State government sought to maintain segregation in schools, The Federal government of Dwight Eisenhower sent in the 101 Airborne Paratroopers to protect the students and force the integration of Little Rock High School.
Rutherford College is extremely honoured to be hosting Minnijean Brown, one of the original Little Rock nine, on the afternoon of Tuesday, 16 May. All History students and all Year 10 Social Studies students will have the opportunity to hear her story and the story of Professor Clarence Lusane, an international authority on Black Civil Rights.
The cost per student is $5.00 and further details will be available early next term. We will be joined by students from other schools, both near and as far away as Kerikeri, who realise that this is an opportunity not to be missed.