Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Little Rock
A similar drama unfolded in Arkansas, where governor Orval Faubus prevented nine African American students from enrolling in Little Rock High School. They were counseled by the president of the Arkansas NAACP, Daisy Bates, whose home was attacked by angry whites. In a telegram, King urged Bates to "adhere rigorously to a way of non-violence," and assured her, "The moral conscience of millions of white Americans is with you."

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