Little Rock: 50 Years Later

The wave of desegregation that transformed the South in the 1960s began in Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957. Nine African-American students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated Little Rock Central High School; after President Dwight Eisenhower intervened, they were later allowed into the school. Contributing editor to Vanity Fair David Margolick spoke with Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, about being immortalized in the now iconic photo from 1957.

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