Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later Synopsis
Fifty years ago, Little Rock Central High School became a symbol of the struggles and hopes of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, it is a stark reminder of the complicated road to equality. This HBO Documentary Films production takes an eye-opening look at the landmark high school, which is now essentially two separate schools, in which white students matriculate to some of the most prestigious colleges in the country, while many black students cannot pass basic reading requirements. The film follows present-day students and with community leaders, as well as one of the original "Little Rock Nine," who reflects on how much--and how little--has changed since she courageously crossed the school's steps during the infamous "Integration Crisis of 1957," when nine African-American students were prevented from entering the building by an angry mob of whites.