On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts 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. While the images display a lot of evils: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality, it also captures true strength, determination, courage and inspiration.
Here she is, age 70, still absolutely elegant and poised.
she deserves to be re-blogged
this makes me want to cry
i’ll never be over the fact that benedict cumberbatch can be given scripts with page and a half deductions that he delivers rapid-fire all in one take and yet he wins one award and ends up telling everyone in the room that he has to pee and closing with “thank you very good much”
HAPPENING NOW (10.9.14): Another young black man, 18-year old Vonderrick Myers, has been killed by a police officer, miles away from Ferguson. St Louis (STL) is turnt the fuck up right now. They literally ran the police out of the neighborhood, and are currently marching around the city. Details are still emerging, but from eye witness accounts, the young man was shot 16 times after the cop mistook a sandwich for a gun. My heart and soul are with the people of STL tonight. See you on Friday for #FergusonOctober. #staywoke #blacklivesmatter (PT 1)
RIP Vonderrick Myer, the victim of tonight’s police shooting. We fighting for you now too.
But what if they do actually do Garridebs and John gets shot in the leg for real and his limp isn’t psychosymatic and Sherlock can’t fix it with a chase and some adrenaline and the cane comes back out permanently and asdfghjkl.
If I ever stop reblogging this, assume I’m watching the movie at that time.
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Yesterday I had my annual work meeting, and this is what I wore. I got a lot of compliments from coworkers, and even a few from people I didn’t know while walking to my car afterwards. As you may recall from my OOTD post about last year’s meeting, I did have a negative reaction directed at me that time, so it was nice to not have that happen this year. I think it was the big Darth Vader ring that scared ‘em off this year, y’all. Who doesn’t love a Sith Lord?
it’s pretty common for people discussing rape culture within feminist discourse to conveniently leave out disabled girls, but this is just a casual reminder that disabled women are far more likely to be sexually assaulted, abused or raped than able-bodied women. on top of that, 50% of deaf girls and 54% of deaf boys have been sexually abused or assaulted. so please stop leaving us out of your discussion about rape culture.