Now in its 10th year, CCC’s successful One Book-One College concept was designed to get the campus and the community to bond by discussing relevant themes covered in a single book. A “must read” on Cumberland’s campus, members of the community are also urged to read the book.
A Mighty Long Way is a memoir of one of the nation’s most significant civil rights battles. When 14-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on Sept. 25, 1957, she and eight other black students simply wanted to get to class. But the journey of the Little Rock Nine, as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of American education.
Getting through the door of the admired academic institution involved angry mobs, racist elected officials, and intervention by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the Nine into the building. But entry was just the start of a heartbreaking three-year journey for Carlotta.
Breaking her silence and sharing her story for the first time, Carlotta Walls LaNier has written an engrossing account that is a testament not only to the power of a single person to make a difference, but also to the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.
CCC’s One Book-One College program is highlighted each year with an on-campus visit by the author. One of the featured speakers at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention this spring, LaNier will visit CCC’s campus in October.
A Mighty Long Way is available online and in the college bookstore. For more information about the One Book-One College reading program at Cumberland County College, call 691-8600 ext. 358.