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Elizabeth Eckford The Civil Rights Legend

Recently Year 11 History students visited Rangitoto College and had the privilege of listening to Elizabeth Eckford speak. She is a Civil Rights legend who was part of a group of nine black students who attended Little Rock High School as part of a desegregation programme in 1957.

She spoke about her experiences during this time in her life, including the racism, bullying and harassment she endured, and the resolve and resilience she needed to call upon in order to complete the school year.

The enduring image of Eckford surrounded by hostile white students has become an iconic part of the Civil Rights era. Students were moved by her story and benefitted from the perspective on History, and life in general that it gave them.

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