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Films documenting Central High crisis to air on AETN

Posted 03 Sep 2009

The Giants Wore White Gloves is the story of how a group of southern women formed The Womens Emergency Committee to Open our Schools (WEC) after Gov. Orval Faubus signed legislation to close four high schools in Little Rock in order to block integration.

The Lost Year explores the stories of the 3,665 students who were locked out of public education after Gov. Faubus signed legislation to close public schools in 1958. Many families faced struggles as students moved away to attend other schools while others simply abandoned school in order to work.

Hubbard, along with Dr. Sondra Gordy, professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, founded The Lost Year Project in 2003. The Lost Year Project includes: The Lost Year; a Web site,; and Dr. Gordys book, Finding the Lost Year: What Happened When Little Rock Closed its Public Schools.

Congress established Little Rock Central High as a National Historic Site in 1998.

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