|The Little Rock 9|
|Jefferson Thomas in 1957|
|Minnijean Brown, Jefferson Thomas, and Thelma Mothershed Wair|
In other words, if one wants to change the world, then one must first be the change.
I was 10 when the Little Rock 9 went to high school amidst an armed forces face-off. I remember it as a day my parents spoke highly of President Eisenhower; which, as ardent liberals and Adlai Stevenson supporters, they didn't do often. We were, however, a small island of celebration in our rumbling, all-white, southern neighborhood.
It's difficult for me to imagine nine braver people than the Little Rock 9. Or to think of 9 better examples of "being the change."
Our old American habits die hard. Social, religious, and class/economic discrimination continue to spark anger and discord. There is great opportunity for each of us to take on the challenge of "being the change;" of walking in the quiet steps of the Little Rock 9.