Little Rock

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“I may have appeared calm,” Elizabeth Eckford told #OUDC22 of facing down the mob alone–a moment captured in an iconic photo that came to represent the Little Rock Nine and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. “I didn’t respond because I felt like if I responded I would start crying. I didn’t want those people to see me cry.” Eckford didn’t speak about her experience for thirty years afterwards, but now believes, “We can only have true reconciliation when we acknowledge our painful but shared past.”

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