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Your "May 8th in History" includes the following item:

1958: President Eisenhower orders the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green becomes the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.

Actually, Ernest Green was the first black to graduate from an *integrated* Arkansas public high school (Little Rock Central High School). Before Green, lots of blacks had graduated from Arkansas public schools, that is, from segregated, all-black public schools. Before Green and other members of the "Little Rock Nine" became the first blacks at Central High School, the only choice for blacks was to attend segregated, black-only schools, which offered narrower and less complex curricula than the all-white schools of the time.

Paul Goebel
May 08, 2013


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