Latent potential in silent voices

The role of people who might know better yet do nothing. It is not to draw criticism because we can only really act from individual perspective when not packed in groups. However what if?

Elizabeth Eckford


In September 1957 nine African American students, including Elizabeth Eckford, entered the all-white Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, thereby breaking for the first time the racial segregation

barrier in US schools. They became known as the Little Rock Nine. Two years earlier the US Supreme Court had ruled segregation in schools to be unconstitutional. The first time Elizabeth Eckford tried to enter Little Rock Central High she was turned away and the image of her surrounded by a hostile crowd of local white people is one of the most famous photographs of the American civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 60s. HARDtalk is at her family home in Little Rock from where she left to attend Central High more than 60 years ago. Does she regret her central role in a famous chapter of recent American history?

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