hazel bryan

Today is the Birthday of One of my Top Favorite Graphic novel Artists, Mr. @radiomaru/Bryan Lee O'Malley, the Creator behind the ‘Scott Pilgrim’ series, as well as 'Lost at Sea’ & 'Seconds’. And here are his Creations Celebrating this Occasion, Raleigh and the Cat with Birthday Hats, Scott Pilgrim & Ramona Flowers all Fancied-up Holding a Delicious Birthday Cake, and Katie w/ a Gift, Hazel holding the Garlic Bread(cuz “Bread makes you Fat”), and Liz being Mysterious here. And for the Record, It was a Difficult Task Drawing the 'Seconds’ characters in my Style, and I don’t know how Bryan and the Fan-Artists do It here & the Book.
I’ll always Remember the Time I got my First Scott Pilgrim Graphic Novel back in 2012 at the Barnes & Nobel in the Monmouth Mall, and I bought the Rest of the Series at the Barnes & Nobel in Different Locations and then saw the live-Action movie on Thanksgiving Night in the same Year. And I Think the Best Place to Find your Favorite Graphic Novels, is at Barnes & Nobel!

So, Happy Birthday Bryan, and Keep Creating!!!

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“GO HOME NIGGER! GO BACK TO AFRICA!”

~ Hazel Bryan, spewing at Elizabeth Eckford, Central High School, Little Rock, AK, September 4, 1957

Amazon.com’s publisher’s book review:

“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.

The book follows the painful journey of the two as they progress from apology to forgiveness to reconciliation and, amazingly, to friendship. This friendship foundered, then collapsed - perhaps inevitably - over the same fissures and misunderstandings that continue to permeate American race relations more than half a century after the unforgettable photograph at Little Rock. And yet, as Margolick explains, a bond between Elizabeth and Hazel, silent but complex, endures.”

… and…scene! … 

While the author obviously wants to sell books and does note in the review (technically) that the kumbaya ending the review and book cover suggests was short-lived, he realizes that Americans like happy endings. So the upbeat tone of it all is a bit… misleading.

The hope that one can evolve from being a foaming-at-the-mouth racist to a forgiven, atoned, and decent-again member of the human family holds great appeal for most American whites. As well it should, perhaps. Which is why the reality of what happened between these two women ONCE AGAIN, in the end, is so ironically enlightening.

For a much shorter version of this story, check this out:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/8813134/Elizabeth-Eckford-and-Hazel-Bryan-the-story-behind-the-photograph-that-shamed-America.html

Happy Black History YEAR!