January 23, 1956
Daisy Bates tried to help twenty-seven Negro students enroll for the spring semester at various Little Rock schools, but they were told that the school officials did not have time to make necessary plans.
February 8, 1956
A federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of thirty-three Negro students to press the Little Rock School Board to comply with Brown vs. Board of Education.
March 11, 1956
The Southern Manifesto, a document countering desegregation, was signed by members of Congress from all southern states including the entire Arkansas delegation.
July 11, 1956
Governor Orval Faubus, while running for re-election, said that Arkansas will not desegregate schools while he was in office.
November 6, 1956
Orval Faubus was re-elected.