Desegregation at Little Rock

Desegregation at Little Rock
Desegregation at Little Rock

A daughter recalls her journalist father’s reporting of the desegregation of the Little Rock, Ark., public schools in 1957.

To the Editor:

Re “Standing Against the Mob,” by David Margolick (Op-Ed, Sept. 22):

It was with great joy that I opened the paper and saw a photograph of my father, Benjamin Fine, a reporter for The New York Times, taking notes as he stood near Elizabeth Eckford, a young African-American student, in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957 as he reported the fight to desegregate that city’s public schools.

I am so proud of my father’s legacy, along with all the other courageous reporters, both then and now, who witness and write the truth even in the face of danger.

When I met Ms. Eckford at the 50th anniversary of Little Rock, she wrote on a copy of that same photograph that “Benjamin Fine stepped out of his role as a reporter and gave his humanity to me as a gift when I had been terrorized.”

In 1957, my father told Elizabeth not to let the mob see her cry, although her elegant words to me did not stop me from sobbing myself.

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

NEXT Fox on games: Marvel gaming crossover