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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical with Special guest Ms. Carlotta Walls LaNier

March 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

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Ms. Carlotta Walls LaNier of The Little Rock Nine will hold an intimate discussion with the audience after the show.  

Ms. Carlotta Walls LaNier CincinnatiMs. Carlotta Walls LaNier Cincinnati – Inspired by Civil Rights Pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, POLKADOTS serves as a colorful history lesson for the world. On Saturday, March 24, The Children’s Theatre is proud to welcome Ms. Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine for a very special Q&A and talkback after the 5 p.m. performance.

Tickets for this event are $30 and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. POLKADOTS: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship.

About Carlotta Walls LaNier

In 1957, at age 14, Carlotta Walls LaNier was the youngest Little Rock Nine member to integrate Central High School.  This act of courage and defiance became the catalyst for change in the American educational system.  By ushering in a new order, she and her fellow warriors became ‘foot soldiers’ for freedom.

Despite her youth, Carlotta LaNier understood the impact of education in a promising future. Inspired by Rosa Parks and the desire to get the best education available, she enrolled in Central High School. Anger and violent behavior threatened their safety and motivated President Dwight D. Eisenhower to dispatch the Army’s 101st Airborne Division to protect their constitutional rights. She graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1960 and attended Michigan State University for two years. In 1968, she graduated from the University of Northern Colorado.

Mrs. LaNier is an active supporter of her community, recently serving on the Board of Trustees for the University of Northern Colorado and the Board of Trustees at Iliff School of Theology.  She also serves as president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and is an alum member of the Denver Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the Johnson Legacy, Inc. Board of Directors. 

In addition to the Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to her as a member of the Little Rock Nine, Mrs. LaNier is the recipient of five Honorary Doctorates. In addition, she is an inductee in the Colorado Woman’s Hall of Fame and the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction. Most recently in the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In Seneca Falls, New York.

Mrs. LaNier has pursued a successful career as a real estate broker for more than 40 years and occasionally works with her son, Whitney in the real estate arena.  In addition to her son, she and husband, Ira, have an adult daughter, Brooke who resides in Portland, OR. Both children are Colorado Buffs. Grandparents to a granddaughter and grandson. 

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