A Life is More Than a Moment: The Desegregation of Little Rock’s Central High
Taken a half-century ago, these photographs depict the desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was so moved at the beating of veteran Alex Wilson that he ordered 1,200 paratroopers from the 101st Airborne to Little Rock, and federalized the Arkansas National Guard to quell the “disgraceful occurrences.” A Life Is More Than a Moment carries us back to those painful and turbulent times, but it does not leave us there. In addition to these immortal photos, photographer Will Counts also took new portraits of many of the original subjects when he returned to Little Rock in 1997. Essays by Robert S. McCord, Ernest Dumas, and Will Campbell chart the path leading to the crisis and define its impact on the civil rights movement. This book shows an ugly hatred, but in the end, it is also a book of hope and reconciliation. [Publisher’s Description]
Credit: Text and photographs by Will Counts, introduction by Will Campbell, essays by Ernest Dumas and Robert S. McCord. Published by Indiana University Press, 2007.
Type: Book – Photos
Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Time Period: 1950 -1974