Friday, March 2, 2012

A Famous Civil Rights Photograph

As I have been looking for materials on photography to add to the journalism course and the journalism blog, I came across the book Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick.

Margolick's subject is a famous photograph, taken by Will Counts on September 4, 1957, of fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Eckford attempting to enter and desegregate Little Rock Central High School in Alabama.  As Elizabeth walks forward surrounded by a crowd of parents, students, and soldiers, a white girl, Hazel Green, screams ugly racial insults at her.

What were some of the unknown circumstances that contributed to this photograph?  What happened to Elizabeth and Hazel both before and after this famous day?  Margolick explores the hard and sometimes surprising answers to these questions.

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