Fifty-five years ago this month, nine African-American children wanted to get a good education which resulted into national attention on Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Fargo U.S. District Court Judge Ronald N. Davies was a central figure in this civil rights crisis. These historic events are part of The Road to Little Rock Interactive Curriculum Project Video Arts Studios is creating in collaboration with the Fargo Public Schools.
Judge Davies was instrumental in desegregation of the Arkansas high school and opening the doors of education for many Americans. As a modest man, Judge Davies merely stated he was “doing his job” in the historical rulings that were made. In tribute of his achievements, Fargo’s newest high school is named in his honor; the Ronald N. Davies High School located in south Fargo.
It is important to note this anniversary and to remember that one person can truly make a difference. We salute Judge Davies as well as each one of the nine African-American students who had the courage to stand up for the right thing. Our sincere thanks and admiration go to Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls Lanier, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed-Wair, and Melba Pattillo Beals.