The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High is the captivating autobiography of Civil Rights Icon Elizabeth Eckford, member of the Little Rock Nine. It introduces the next generation to a modern-day heroine. This is a story for the whole family.
The Worst First Day shares her experiences behind the scenes during the Central High crisis as a 15-year-old student. On September 4, 1957 Elizabeth was blocked from entering Central High by a group of enraged segregationists and armed Arkansas National Guard soldiers. A powerful photo taken of her enduring an attack at Central became one of the most iconic images of the 20th century…it effectively portrayed the racial tension of the era.
In this epic tale, Elizabeth’s historical insights are shared completely in verse, illuminated by captivating images that will both educate and inspire readers of all ages. Her story is an incredible testament of tenacity and resilience.
Elizabeth and the Nine endured a year of being terrorized and bullied by students, parents, teachers and school administrators. Despite daily attacks, they stayed at Central High because they understood the importance of their success. The Nine are recognized as critical civil rights icons due to their tenacity and resilience. They serve as an exemplary example for today’s leaders.
Elizabeth’s story helps readers understand civil rights history from a personal perspective.
Readers will empathize with issues currently impacting students today, ranging from bullying to various forms of discrimination.
Elizabeth’s courage inspires readers to follow her lead and #WalkPastHate.
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