The Little Rock Nine: Where are they now?

They didn't start out being known as the Little Rock Nine but now they are in America's history books together. Here is a brief glimpse at these former students and what they are doing today, 40 years after this momentus year. These nine students are unanimous in proclaiming the true heroes of the crisis at Central High School were their parents, who supported them and kept the faith that the process was right and that what they endured would give them opportunities they deserved.

Ernest Green
In 1958, he became the first black student to graduate from Central High School. He graduated from Michigan State University and served as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs under President Jimmy Carter. He currently is a managing partner and vice president of Lehman Brothers in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Eckford
The only one of the nine still living in Little Rock, Elizabeth made a career of the U.S. Army that included work as a journalist. In 1974, she returned to the home in which she grew up and is now a parttime social worker and mother of two sons.

Jefferson Thomas
He graduated from Central in 1960, following a year in which Little Rock's public high schools were ordered closed by the legislature to prevent desegregation. Today, he is an accountant with the U.S. Department of Defense and lives in Anaheim, Calif.

Terrence Roberts Following the historic year at Central.Dr. including her dumping a bowl of chili on one of her antagonists in the school cafeteria. where she is a volunteer in a program for abused women. Minnijean Brown Trickey She was expelled from Central High in February. she and Jefferson Thomas returned for their senior year in 1959. Carlotta Walls Lanier One of only three of the nine who eventually graduated from Central. Melba Pattillo Beals She is an author and former journalist for People magazine and NBC and lives in San Francisco. where her husband's family lives. she divides her time between homes in Amsterdam. after several incidents. his family moved to Los Angeles where he completed high school. She lives in Belleville. Winterstar Productions is presently filming a documentary on her life. The Netherlands. She graduated from Michigan State University and presently lives in Englewood. 1958. then made a career of teaching. Gloria Ray Karlmark She graduated from Illinois Technical College and received a post-graduate degree in Stockholm. and Stockholm. She was a prolific computer science writer and at one time successfully published magazines in 39 countries. Colorado. Sweden. . He also is a clinical psychologist. She moved with her husband to Canada during the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s and today is a writer and social worker in Ontario. where she is in real estate. Illinois. He earned a doctorate degree and teaches at the University of California at Los Angeles and Antioc College. Thelma Mothershed-Wair She graduated from college. Now retired.

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