The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from September 1957 surely is: a black high-school girl, dressed in white, walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl standing directly behind her, face twisted in hate, screaming racial epithets. This famous photograph captures the full anguish of desegregation - in Little Rock and throughout the South - and an epic moment in the civil rights movement.
In this gripping book, David Margolick tells the remarkable story of two separate lives unexpectedly braided together. He explores how the haunting picture of Elizabeth and Hazel came to be taken, its significance in the wider world, and why, for the next half-century, neither woman has ever escaped from its long shadow. He recounts Elizabeth's struggle to overcome the trauma of her hate-filled school experience, and Hazel's long efforts to atone for a fateful, horrible mistake.
"Margolick's book becomes utterly engrossing, for it touches on a variety of thorny, provocative themes: the power of race, the nature of friendship, the role of personality, the capacity for brutality and for forgiveness." (Publishers Weekly)
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Yes. The story is one that is not known about two women who are integral to the education system in the US.
Elizabeth. I have meet her 18 times and she continues to amaze me with the strength she presents although others often call her frail. She is straight forward and you have to deal with it or not. I have seen her and her friend Minnijean Brown-Trickey interact with students and they are sincere and committed to encouraged them to stand up to bullying and demand an education not whitewashed or politicized.
Multiple, would give away the story line.
- Carolyn Harris-Muchell