Woman who was part of ‘Little Rock 9’ speaks at YWCA luncheon

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The YWCA hosted its annual Empowering Women luncheon Wednesday at the Riverside Convention Center.

Carlotta Walls Lanier, a member of the Little Rock 9, shared her story as the keynote speaker during the event. In 1957, she and eight other black teenagers were integrated into a white high school in Arkansas. Their act of courage and defiance became the catalyst for change in the American educational system.

The luncheon is a major fundraiser for programs at the YWCA.

“We couldn’t do it without the support of our community,” said Carrie Michel-Wynne, YWCA. “We really do believe that this event is about partnerships and really capitalizing on everybody in our community to make a difference on issues of racial equity, empowering women, reducing poverty it’s all critical work and we couldn’t do it without this audience.”

We’re told 1,200 people came out to Wednesday luncheon.

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