|Updated: 7/15/2012 1:34 pm
||Published: 7/14/2012 4:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The University of Arkansas-Little Rock held its civil rights heritage program Saturday at the Clinton Center. This year, planners honor members of the Little Rock Nine, attorney Christopher Mercer, and activists L.C. and Daisy Bates.
Minniejean Brown--Trickey remembers the fight which desgregated Little Rock Central High School.
"It was about the overarching power of institutional racism leveled at a group of teenagers that symbolized change to those people who didn't want change and it was 55 years ago this year," said Little Rock Nine member Brown-Trickey.
Freedom Rider Bliss A. Hunter says the efforts of those who fought for desgregation are remarkable.
"I idolize them as heroes. They were true heroes. Sometimes young people don't know what they are getting into. (The Little Rock Nine) knew what they were getting into," said Hunter.
Both women say there are many forms of social injustice and each one deserves an honest fight for fairness.
"I don't believe that anyone can destroy the human spirit. The human spirit is destroyed when you give up," said Hunter.