Michelle Obama called education the “single most important” civil rights issue facing the country and pleaded with young people to make going to school a priority, even if all they have is a “bad school.”
The first lady made her point at a Black History Month panel discussion at the White House celebrating “women of the movement,” including two women who were not deterred by the angry mobs that assembled outside their schools in Arkansas and Georgia during the civil rights era.
Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia, and Carlotta Walls LaNier was one of the Little Rock Nine group of students who integrated Little Rock Central High School. President Dwight D. Eisenhower eventually sent federal troops to escort them.
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