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Member of Little Rock Nine to give speech at James River HS

Ernest GreenA member of the Little Rock Nine is going to be a guest speaker at James River High School, located at 3700 James River Road in Chesterfield.

Ernest Green, the first African-American student to graduate from Central High in Little Rock, will be at James River High School on Thursday, April 20 from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine African-American students that enrolled at Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were prevented from entering the segregated school by then Gov. Orval Faubus. The students were then allowed to attend the school after President Dwight Eisenhower intervened.

The Little Rock Nine earned several awards, including the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal in 1999.