NEW NABVET CHAPTER IN LITTLE ROCK GIVES BLACK VETERANS A VOICE
Little Rock Arkansas, located on the south bank of the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas on the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, is now home to NABVETS Little Rock Chapter #0108. Little Rock has a metro population of over 800,000 people and African Americans make up 42.1% of Little Rock’s population.
Little Rock is famous not only for its beautiful landscape but also for its place in the struggle for freedom and equality. In 1957, the Little Rock Nine were nine African American students who were denied entry to a public high school. Segregationists, supported by the Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, and the State Guard initially prevented the students from entering the school. The students and community prayed, resisted and stood their ground until President Dwight D. Eisenhower intervened and provided the students with safe passage to the school.
This event occurred just after tens of thousands of Black soldiers fought and died in WWII and the Korean War so that their country could be free of oppression and discrimination. Those veterans who survived the Wars returned home – to places like Little Rock – to find the same old racist system of oppression that their forefathers had endured. Those veterans weren’t going to take it anymore and you can bet that they were determined to stand with the Little Rock Nine and challenge the racist Governor and all who supported him, every step along the way. In the end, we, the American People, prevailed against a bitter racist tendency that cannot be tolerated or allowed to continue or endure.
From NABVETS and all the Black Veterans who fought for freedom, thank you Little Rock Nine for having the courage to stand up to racism and bigotry, and leading the way towards justice.
NABVETS Chapter #0108 is now established in Little Rock to provide the many Black Veterans there with a vehicle to make a positive impact in the community, every day.