Saturday, October 08, 2011

The Story Behind the Photograph That Shamed America

Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan: the story behind the photograph that shamed America "One was trying to go to school; the other didn’t want her there. Together, Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan starred in one of the most memorable photographs of the Civil Rights era. But their story had only just begun."



Irina said...

I've read about this book in the NYT Book Review.
I keep reminding myself that my ancestors and I have nothing to do with slavery in America but still feel strangely guilty. I'm always mesmerized by people that share with me their golden memories of America in the 50s, how safe and neighborly it was. And then I would always ask about racism and, inevitably, they would say 'Oh, it was not as bad as they tell you.' The Shining City on the Hill, as democratic as ancient Greece was.
Our young people is our big hope, they are mostly good kids. We just have to wait until all the dinosaurs die out.
I might get the book but am worried that it would be too depressing.

Howard said...

That line about the future being here it's just not evenly distributed? it applies to the golden past too.