The Little Rock Nine are Ernest Green, Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Pattillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, and Carlotta Walls. In 1957 they were just teenagers, ranging in age from 15-17, but they were already among the bravest Arkansans. When they decided to be the first to desegregate the school, they likely couldn't have foreseen the way their actions would captivate the nation's attention.
The images of nine frightened children being assaulted by white mobs on their way to school burned themselves into the minds and hearts of Americans watching their plight on television. They quickly came to embody the fight for all Americans to have the right to attend the school of their choice regardless of their race.