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Dorothy Counts in white school 1957

Dorothy Counts in white school 1957

The photo that has become history. Dorothy Counts in white school 1957

Dorothy Counts in white school 1957
Among the twenty-five best photos of the XX century, this one is special. There is no war and death, no political leaders and religious leaders, only a black 15-year old girl – Dorothy Counts. On September 4, 1957, she left home and went to school. Nothing unusual, but Dorothy was one of the first four black students at Harry Harding High School, Charlotte, North Carolina. The school has just announced a joint training white and non-white children. It’s easy to declare, but….

15-year-old Dorothy was abused and stoned in Charlotte school

15-year-old Dorothy was abused and stoned in Charlotte school

On her way to school, she was crowded by aggressive men, and they shouted, insulted, threw rocks at her, and spat on her. More abuse followed that day. She had trash thrown at her while eating her dinner and the teachers ignored her.

Dorothy Counts

Brave girl Dorothy Counts

The following day, she befriended two white girls, but they soon drew back because of harassment from other classmates. Her family received threatening phone calls and after four days of extensive harassment, which included a smashed car and having her locker ransacked, her father decided to take his daughter out of the school.

Dorothy Counts

The girl that broke rules. Dorothy Counts

Segregation was already canceled, but people had clung to their traditional notions about life. That fifteen year old girl with a serious look and not childish faith in herself broke rules. The story got such a resonance that can be compared only with the stone thrown into the stalled water.

It seems, Dorothy did nothing heroic, she was a freedom fighter who wanted to study where she wanted. And to live as she wished, no doubts, a truly brave girl, who didn’t go off the road.

Dorothy Counts in white school 1957

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