If you were a fly buzzing around the “Let’s Go South ’12 mobile” as it traveled around Little Rock, Arkansas, you would have heard a great deal about Kristine Levine’s The Lions of Little Rock.
We think President Clinton would love The Lions of Little Rock. As we wandered through his library, his passion for equality was palatable.
Heifer International is an organization to end worldwide hunger and poverty. Heifer Village is an educational facility that provides visitors with hands-on exhibits related to ending hunger and poverty.
The main branch of the Little Rock Library is close to River Market. It is a vibrant space with a wonderful selection of books and a peaceful garden.
The Arkansas State Capitol looks very much like the United States Capitol. We learned it is often used in movies in place of the US Capitol.
Little Rock Nine Sculpture
This sculpture was appropriately titled “Testament.” It was interesting to read the quotations that surrounded this sculpture – one from each member of the Little Rock Nine.
Little Rock Central High School
This is where school integration began. It was chilling to stand in front of it. One cannot stand there without imagining the photographs and videos we have all seen, hearing the yelling, or imagining how frightened those nine brave students must have felt as they were escorted to school. At the Central High School National Historic Site, we learned that it took 11,500 soldiers to allow those 9 students their Constitutional right. Wow. The Lions of Little Rock is about the year after these events, and they are referred to throughout the book.
This was the school Liz, a character from The Lions of Little Rock, was forced to attend after her secret was discovered. It was the all black high school that students attended prior to school integration.
Little Rock Zoo
In The Lions of Little Rock Marlee and Liz would often meet at the zoo. Marlee would also hear the lions roar as she drifted off to sleep.