According to the website, this photograph has come to be known as “The Scream Image.” The photo was taken by Will Counts at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in September 1957 and currently resides in the Indiana University Archives.
The tension in this photo is palpable. Almost immediately your eyes go directly to the focal point of the photo, an angry young white teen scowling and screaming at the tenacity and freedom that this young African American lady represents. The photo is so iconic because it exemplifies a time in history where hatred plagued the nation, and civil rights separated people and ideas. The community of Little Rock and even Governor Faubus of Arkansas attempted to defy the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education when nine African American students were entering into an all white high school to get the education they deserved. Elizabeth Eckford is one of the nine strong African American teens who stood up for their right to education facing the wrath of those unaccustomed to equality. Examining this photograph provides a better understanding for the high stakes of emotion in every face. Displayed is not only anger from the crazy white lady or persistence from the powerful Elizabeth Eckford but the confusion and stern faces in the background of the picture. The saturation of the photo is black and white which not only shows the time period but also how the simplicity of absence of color illustrates the pain, hardships, and dark emotions that no colored photo could ever achieve. The emotion in this picture leaps off the page as the image captured the immense difficulty in taking steps toward overcoming segregation.