Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Walk in Their Shoes is excited to bring an incredibly powerful story to Marathon County for Black History Month in February 2015:

A Mighty Long Way

All Carlotta Walls wanted was a good education. To get one she and eight other black high school students volunteered to enroll in an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas. They became known as The Little Rock Nine, and what they did changed the face of education in America. Withstanding death threats, acts of violence, and having to be escorted to the doors of the school by federal troops, Carlotta Walls Lanier knows both the sadness and the triumphs of America’s continuing journey toward equality for all. The story of these nine young people rallied people across the country. As she says in her book, A Mighty Long Way, “(In Chicago) Here people called us brave and told us we were heroes and that they had been pulling for us. For the first time it really hit me—the magnitude, the scope, of what the nine of us had done.”

A Walk in Their Shoes will celebrate the historic bravery of the Little Rock Nine as we welcome Carlotta Walls Lanier to Marathon County during Black History Month. Mrs. Lanier will present on:

Monday, February 2, 2015, 10:10 AM student presentation at UWMC's Obey Center for Civic Engagement

Monday, February 2, 2015, daytime Edgar High School—student presentation

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12:45 PM Wausau East High School Gymnasium—student presentation (open to the public as well)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM Wausau East High School Auditorium—community presentation with book signing to follow