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.