My Father Said Yes: A White Pastor in Little Rock School Integration

On September 4, 1957, nine African-American students walked through a seething mob to the front of Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, to enroll in school. They were turned away by the National Guard, which had been called out by Arkansas governor Orval Faubus. “Blood will run in the streets,” said Faubus, “if Negro pupils should attempt to enter Central High School.” The man who led the nine to the lines of the National Guard on that fateful morning was a white pastor named Dunbar Ogden Jr.


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