Little Rock Graduation

Ernest Green, the first African American graduate of Little Rock Central High School, with his parents.

May 26 - Little Rock, AK - After two years of violence, constant federal troop protection, and legal action, Ernest Green became the first Black student to graduate, out of class of 600, from Central High School.   One year earlier, the Little Rock Nine were awarded Spingarn Medals for bravery from the NAACP.