Center for Labor Education & Research, University of Hawaii - West Oahu: Honolulu Record Digitization Project

Honolulu Record, Volume 10 No. 9, Thursday, September 26, 1957 p. 3


What Happened at Little Rock Before Ike Sent in Troops

Here is a chronology of the main events which led up to the conflict of Federal versus State authority in Little Rock, Ark., over the integration of Negroes in white schools.

In 1954, the US Supreme Court issued a directive for integration with "all deliberate speed."

In 1955, the Little Rock Board of Education drew up a program of desegregation which the Federal Dist Court approved in Aug. 1956. It called for integration first at the high school level then at the end of six years all schools down to the elementary level would be integrated.

The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People filed suits objecting that integration, under the Little Rook plan, would be too slow.

In April 1957 the Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the plan met the Supreme Court's requirements and ordered the integration to proceed according to the program.

p /> I do not say that at odd hours a patient must be given the regular hot dinner or supper. Few people would expect this.
But what is so complicated about opening and heating a can of soup, making some toast, or preparing instant coffee or tea? Why cannot a night nurse do these simple things after the kitchen to closed? Is it just too much trouble?

It is only common humanity to feed the hungry. If our hospitals are too big, too complex, too impersonal to do these small kindnesses for the sick, something is very wrong.