LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We all know the story of the Little Rock 9. In history books across the country, those nine names will always be on the pages. But there's a name missing.
Maybe her obstacles weren't the same or even as great, but she too showed courage in September of 1957. And her story may be short, but equally as valuable.
THV's Alyse Eadyintroduces you toRobin Loucks.
Looking at her Little Rock Central High yearbook, she can recall many of the faces. But 55 years ago it was Robin Loucks' face that made an impact on nine black students. She says, "I was an early freedom fighter. I just didn't know what I was doing."
In September of 1957 in third period algebra class, Terrance Roberts, a new black student, picked a desk next her. She says, "I looked over and Terrance did not have a book."
In a room full of people wanting Terrance to leave, the small white girl decided she could help in a small way. She says, "I realized there was a little voice inside that said share your book."
So in the middle of that classroom as students looked on, she moved her desk across the aisle, shoulder to shoulder. She soon learned that moment of courage in the classroom would foreshadow the rest of her high school career. She says, "I was followed home by a group of kids who threw stones at me. My mother had to get an unlisted phone number."
Despite the harassment she became a friendly face to Terrence. They both graduated, going their separate ways until 1994 when Oprah Winfrey heard about the brave little girl from Arkansas who had her own lesson on courage. Loucks says, "Terrance walked in and he was scared. we were all so scared."
Loucks still lives here in Little Rock where she's regularly reminded of the Little Rock nine. She says, "The year was so bad I had repressed it. It's been a very cathartic thing for me to talk about it. And to realize what I did did have an impact."
Today, she still keeps in touch with Terrance though he lives miles away. But she insist her part of the story is nothing in comparison to his. She says, "A grain of sand in a mountain."
A mountain of courage right here in Arkansas that will forever be on the pages of history books across America.
Terrence Roberts went on to be a doctor of psychology and retired just five years ago.
He lives in Pasadena now but he and Robin stay in touch writing letters. For more on the story of Robin, Terrence and the Little Rock 9, check out our Black History special section.