'Little Rock Nine' Speak in Springfield Tuesday

 Springfield - It started with a decree from then Arkansas governor Orval Faubus to keep nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.

"Units of the national guard have been, and are now, being mobilized with the mission to maintain or restore the peace and good order of this community," said the late governor during his time in office in 1957.

Nearly 60 years later the nine civil rights heroes spoke to high school students from all over the Springfield area on Tuesday inside the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

The panel shared their challenges and triumphs of those days in Arkansas.

"For me personally, I've tried to do a few things in my life.  I realize at the end of it, being a part of this group, is probably going to follow me to my tombstone," said Ernest Green, a member of the 'Little Rock Nine.'

With racial tensions mounting all across the country, these pioneers of standing up for human rights said that they want younger generations to re-think how they speak out.  They said instead of using violence they want younger generations to use their minds and their voices.

Fellow member, Carlotta Walls LaNier said that,"what bothers me is the violence that I see and the destruction of property in these particular areas.  I would like to find another way for us to get young people to get their point across."

Having helped change history, the "Little Rock Nine' hope to help others do the same.

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