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Commemorating Courage: 40th Anniversary of Desegregation of Central High

This online exhibit revisits the 1957 Central High crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas. Select quotes of President Clinton’s speech at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration are highlighted, along with an examination of the speechwriting process for crafting the remarks. The exhibit includes documents and images from the archives at the Clinton Library, and also provides links to additional historical material maintained by other institutions.

In September 2017, we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  As someone who remembered the event as a child, and as President during the 40th Anniversary Commemoration, President Clinton holds a special connection to this history.  

Speechwriters met with President Clinton to craft a message that would commemorate the sacrifice and courage of the Little Rock Nine and inspire those who heard the message to step out in similar acts of courage. The writers addressed the failures of a system of government that attempted to exclude individuals from the American Dream and resolved that America would only ever truly be great if everyone had equal access to opportunities.

Education Reform - Invest More, Demand More

This exhibit contains digitized items that highlight the Administration’s commitment to Education Reform through increasing investments and raising standards. This exhibit focuses on President Clinton’s efforts to reform education in the State of Arkansas, the Goals 2000: Educate America Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This exhibit provides access to more than 1,000 digitized files related to Education Reform.

Improving education was a cornerstone of the Clinton Administration. President Clinton helped raise expectations for all students and invested in proven strategies to elevate educational performance. The Clinton Administration supported states in developing rigorous standards, systems of assessment, and accountability.  While President Clinton invested more in schools, he also demanded more from these schools. This led to remarkable progress in key areas such as implementing standards and accountability, improving student performance, closing the achievement gap, expanding access to technology, and making higher education more affordable.

The Rock and Roll Beat: Musicians and White House Related Events

This exhibit contains photos and documents from the Clinton Digital Library highlighting some of the most popular musical artists of the 20th Century. Featured artists include Fleetwood Mac, U2, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and David Bowie. Growing up, President Clinton loved music, especially Rock and Roll of the '50's and '60's. As President, he once stated that "one of the nice things about being President was that nearly anyone would come perform for him." President Clinton delighted in meeting and getting to know the talented musicians of his generation.