MONPELIER, Vt. (AP) - More than 400 Vermont teachers and students will gather at a conference to combat bullying and promote respect for cultural differences.
The 2nd Vermont Youth Congress at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Montpelier Thursday features keynote speaker Ernest Green of the "Little Rock Nine."
Green was among the nine African-American students who entered Little Rock Central High School in 1957, in defiance of efforts to prevent school integration. He became the first black student to graduate from the school and went on to serve as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs under President Jimmy Carter.
The conference is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the Vermont Agency of Education. More than 40 middle and high schools will be represented.
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