Carlotta Walls LaNier who, along with eight other students, integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 at the age of 14, will speak at Fayetteville State Univeristy (FSU) on January 20, 2011. LaNier’s appearance is part of the Chancellor’s Speaker Series. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. and is fee and open to the public.
The oldest of three daughters, LaNier was born on December 18, 1942. She made history as the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, the nine courageous African American students who integrated Little Rock Central High School. The world watched as these children and their families braved constant intimidation and threats.
Inspired by Rosa Parks and the desire to get the best education available, LaNier enrolled in Central High School. White students called her names and spat on her and armed guards escorted her to classes, but LaNier concentrated on her studies and protected herself throughout the school year. Governor Orval Faubus stopped the public schools from opening in September of 1958, and after a year of closure and controversy, the schools re-opened in 1959. LaNier returned to Central High, graduating in 1960.
(Ike) LaNier, have two children, Whitney and Brooke.
FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has more than 6,300 students and offers degrees in 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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