A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNier with Lisa Frazier Page
The selection for the fall 2014 First-Year Read program is A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNier with Lisa Frazier Page. After downloading the book onto their Hood iPads to read over the summer, incoming new students will meet in small groups during fall orientation to discuss the themes, issues and conflicts that are raised by A Mighty Long Way. Specially trained Hood faculty, staff and students will co-facilitate these discussions.
All Hood students are invited to attend First-Year Read special activities scheduled during the fall semester and to weigh in with their opinions about the book on Facebook and on an active blog. The program culminates with Carlotta Walls LaNier’s visit to our campus on October 22, when members of the Hood community will have an opportunity to meet with this special guest during the day. Later that evening, a public lecture followed by a book signing is scheduled. We encourage parents to attend these evening events!
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School is Carlotta Walls LaNier’s memoir of one of the most famous and significant civil rights battles for equal education in the United States. Fourteen-year old Carlotta Walls was the youngest of the Little Rock Nine who enrolled in the racially segregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Resistance to integration in Arkansas was so great that President Eisenhower had to send U.S. troops to protect the nine black students from the angry white mobs that followed them to school on their first days. This was just the beginning of LaNier’s traumatic journey. During her time at Central High, she endured daily harassment and ostracizing from white students and the mysterious bombing of her family's home. Her moving eyewitness account of history in the making and her reflections on the legacy of the Little Rock Nine underscores the heavy burdens and great importance of her fight for social justice.
LaNier and the other members of the Little Rock Nine received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. A U.S. postage stamp (December 2005) and commemorative silver dollar (2007) also were made in their honor.