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Then and Now: Where desegregation began

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the start of desegregation of public schools in the South. Ordered into Arkansas by President Eisenhower, the 101st Airborne escorted the Little Rock Nine into Central High School in the first federal enforcement action of the historic Brown v. Board of education ruling.

The nine students of the class of 1957 bravely endured a mob to enter a high school that today is recognized as one of the best schools in the nation. Nine current seniors at Central High join NBC News to reflect on the legacy of that historic day in 1957.  

VIDEO: Nine current students at Central High School reflect on the legacy of the Little Rock Nine