The 50th anniversary is still five days away but already there is action being taken to remember the Little Rock Nine. But this year the anniversary is more than just festivities.
The first of its kind forum on race and education titled "Character and Courage" was held at the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas and not by accident. The church is considered one of the most diverse churches in the country with a 50/50 split among white and black members.
Town hall forums afford the chance for everyone to talk about an issue.
"I'm hoping an education forum will give everyone the opportunity to be educated," says Minijean Brown Trickey.
But for Minijean Brown Trickey a forum on race and education just underscores what she calls a serious social flaw.
"Can you imagine in 2007 we are still talking about race and education? That's pretty catastrophic to me," Trickey says.