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Published February 10, 2012, 07:12 PM

Fargo Public Schools creating history unit based around Judge Davies

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota students will soon go beyond the textbooks to learn about a Fargo man who helped change the civil rights era.

North Dakota students will soon go beyond the textbooks to learn about a Fargo man who helped change the civil rights era. Carl Oberholtzer is on a mission to educate North Dakota elementary and high school students on Judge Ronald Davies.

In the late 1950s Davies, a federal judge from Fargo, ruled Little Rock Central High School must integrate, leading to the attendance of nine black students in a formerly all-white school.

Carl Oberholtzer – Project Director: “The Little Rock 9 what they demonstrated was an unbelievable level of courage and determination and how to deal with life's adversities those are all lessons generations of students can learn from."

Fargo Public Schools and Video Arts Studio is putting together DVD's and curriculum packets on this civil rights movement. Right now, Oberholtzer is researching Davies papers and interviewing people from Little Rock and the Eisenhower Presidential Library. He wants students to understand the racial tensions and divide between the state and federal governments of that time along with the character of Davies.

Carl Oberholtzer: "We have an opportunity to use an individual who lived in our community for an extended period of time, an individual who did not seek a lot of attention, fame or glory who simply did his job and he changed America."

Work on the Road to Little Project Rock began six months ago. It'll be complete a year from now and project developers hope it'll be in classrooms by then.

Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock 9, travelled to Fargo this week to speak with students about his role in the civil rights era.

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