When I meet folks such as the individuals pictured above from the era of forced integration, particularly during 1950s and 1960s, I often wonder if they ever changed or if they raised their children the way they were raised? I am sure I have attended school with some of their children. I am sure I have met individuals in public who hold the same beliefs as those pictured above. I can tell stories of friends I had as a boy who played with me at the park, but were not allowed to stay at my house. Or, whose parents would say hello and smile at me, only to talk about me later due to my race.
Above: That was then… Above: This is today.
Then again, I also have attended school with folks raised by the likes of Elizabeth Eckford (pictured above); we all recall her; she is most noted for the picture that captured her anger at the Little Rock Nine for integrating Little Rock Central. Today, Ms. Eckford embraces love and just. She can be found speaking to young people about the importance of love and the beauty of diversity.