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A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

Celebrate Black History Month! A key protagonist in one of the most gripping watershed moments of the Civil Rights Movement, Carlotta Walls LaNier delivers powerful keynotes that reflect on history while inspiring hope for the future. An icon of perseverance and strength, in her lectures LaNier revisits the journey of the “Little Rock Nine” who led the nation on a turbulent path that challenged prevailing attitudes, broke down barriers, and forever changed the landscape of America. Her fascinating talks reflect on the history and current state of civil rights, race, and diversity. A book sale and signing will follow this event. Cosponsored by The Alden. 

About Carlotta Walls LaNier

In 1957, fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls LaNier was the youngest Little Rock Nine member to integrate Central High School. Little did she realize that day that this was the beginning of a journey that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers and forever change the social landscape of America. Overcoming her initial need to forget her turbulent past, Ms. LaNier told her story in A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

After graduating from Little Rock Central High School in 1960, Ms. LaNier attended Michigan State University and graduated from Colorado State College—now the University of Northern Colorado, which has awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and on whose board of trustees she sits. In addition to receiving the Congressional Gold Medal and the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, awarded to her as a member of the Little Rock Nine, Ms. LaNier is an inductee in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Girl Scouts Women of Distinction and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She serves as president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation, created to promote equality of opportunity for all, particularly in the field of education.


This author presentation is at The Alden at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA 22101. Registration to attend is required. Register each person attending this event. 

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
2:00pm - 3:00pm
McLean Community Center/The Alden
Author Event Black History

Registration is required. There are no seats available but a waiting list is available.

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