On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts set out on a harrowing path toward Harding High, where-as the first African American to attend the all-white school – she was greeted by a jeering swarm of boys who spat, threw trash, and yelled epithets at her as she entered the building.
Charlotte Observer photographer Don Sturkey captured the ugly incident on film, and in the days that followed, the searing image appeared not just in the local paper but in newspapers around the world.
People everywhere were transfixed by the girl in the photograph who stood tall, her five-foot-ten-inch frame towering nobly above the mob that trailed her. There, in black and white, was evidence of the brutality of racism, a sinister force that had led children to torment another child while adults stood by. While the images display a lot of evils: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality, it also captures true strength, determination, courage and inspiration.
Here she is, age 70, still absolutely elegant and poised.
I’ll be laughing at this for days to come
who dat white man
Tommy Lee Jones.
gotta throw Danny Glover in there, I’ve never seen a young pic of him
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The Boulevardes’ lmaooo if this ain’t the truth ;!
I HATE YALL
White people destroyed 3/4s of the world for spices and have the nerve not to season their food.
this post wont die
This ad on the subway goes hard as fuck
YOU CAME TO THE WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD, MOTHERFUCKER
THAT IS THE ANGRIEST ZEBRA I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE
IT GETS FUNNIER THE MORE I WATCH IT
It’s so infuriating how Michael Brown, a seventeen year old boy who was brutally murdered, gets “he was no angel” in his fucking obituary but joan rivers who literally wished an entire group of people death gets a week of mourning and footage of her working at soup kitchens a billion years ago