High school junior Charlie Houseman’s U.S. history book is huge, a back-breaking text with hundreds of pages about the country’s past, but not one mention of a girl named Minnijean Brown.

In 1957, Minnijean, then 15, walked with eight black classmates through an angry spit- and slur-hurling mob to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. It was a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.

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