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A Child Shall Lead Them

In 1954 and 1955, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in the nation’s public schools must be ended “with all deliberate speed.”

This is the story of a few first-grade children who initiated the desegregation of schools in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the first cities in the South to act on the Court’s landmark decision.

In this film, meet three African-Americans who entered the first grade on Sept. 9, 1957, at previously all-white schools.

Also hear some of the parents talk about the events of those first two days of school and the courage required to respond to the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. The Board of Education.

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