A white mob forces nine black students, The Little Rock Nine
, who have entered Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, to leave the premises. The nine will not be able to attend the school until two days later, when
1,000 US paratroopers are required to protect them
from segregationist whites. Jazzman Charles Mingus
will be compose his song Fables Of Faubus
about the state governor, Orval E. Faubus, who handled the situation so badly, and a song, The Little Rock Nine, will be written in support of the students. Another song, State Of Arkansas (My Name Is Terry Roberts)
, best-known in a version by Pete Seeger
, focuses its attention on the story of one member of the Little Rock Nine.