What's going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find out? Is it significant? This is a photo of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan in 1957 at Little Rock High School in Arkansas. Eckford was one of the first African Americans to attend the newly desegregated school. As she enters Bryan jeers at her in outrage.
Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas by Black History Album, via Flickr
BLACK GIRL SheROES: Elizabeth Eckford (born October 4, 1941) is one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The integration came as a result of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. More at Black Girl Sheroes on Facebook! #BlackGirlSheroes #DespiteItAll #BHM #AfricanHeritageMonth
David Margolick’s latest book, “Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock,” explores what happened to two teenagers captured in one of the civil rights movement’s most iconic photos. Elizabeth Eckford was one of nine black teenagers to integrate Little Rock, Arkansas', Central High School in 1957, and the photo shows her walking a gauntlet of shouting, taunting white students and adults. In the photo, Hazel Bryan, now Hazel Bryan Massery, was the white girl caught in the midst of yelling a racial epithet. The moment depicted in that image continued to reverberate throughout both girls’ lives.