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DRUNK HISTORY
February 5, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

Tonight’s new Drunk History episode, on “Trail Blazers,” tells one story in particular that I can’t envision how they’ll actually pull it off. It’s a moment in history I teach, and show vintage TV news coverage of, every term in my TV History & Appreciation class at Rowan University: the 1957 crisis at Little Rock, when the governor of Arkansas refused to integrate a high school there, defying the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court establishing and demanding integration in public schools. The “Little Rock Nine” were a test case of young African-American students with excellent grades, sent to school as an angry community gathered outside, and, eventually, the National Guard was sent in by President Eisenhower to enforce the law. What’s funny about that, even when told in an alcoholic slur? I’m not sure. Young actress Amandla Stenberg (pictured out of costume) stars as Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Nine.

 
 
 
 
 
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