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#Fbf Dorothy Counts is sneered at by a wholly-white audience as she enrolls to start her schooling at Harding High School, September 4, 1957. (Famous pictures in history colorized by Sanna Dullaway)

On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old #DorothyCounts 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.

A week later, the girl in the photograph was gone. Her parents -having been told by the school administrators and police officials that they could not guarantee her safety -sent her to live with a relative in suburban Philadelphia, where she could peacefully attend an integrated school.

Rather than permanently quitting the city that failed her, she moved back three years later to earn her degree from #JohnsonCSmith University and, except for a couple early years spent living in New York City, she has lived here ever since.

source: #thecharlotteobserver
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