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1957 - Children Lead

Gus Roberts, Girvaud Roberts, Delois Huntley, Dorothy Counts
Event Date: 
September 4, 1957
Event Type: 
Modern Era Begins 1946-1959

September 4, 1957  - Today, four brave, young black people will test the new laws against school segregation. As the nation watches, these desegregation pioneers arrive at four of Charlotte's all-white schools. The crowds who have gathered are angry. In the tense days that follow, people throw things at Dorothy Counts. They call Gus Roberts names. They shun Delois Huntley and Gus Roberts' little sister, Girvaud. Of the four, only Gus Roberts will stay long enough to graduate.