Memes, The Dress, and Sept: May the spirit of Dorothy Counts guide us all in 2017
 and beyond
"Look at this picture. What do you see? Maybe it depends on who you are. This picture was taken the morning of Sept. 4, 1957 - almost exactly 50 years ago. That week four black students integrated the Charlotte schools. Three of the four made it to class peacefully. The fourth was Dorothy Counts at Harding High. That's Dorothy in the middle, headed for Harding's front door. She's 15 years old. Her grandmother made that red-and-yellow dress. Dorothy's grandmother always made her a new dress for the first day of school. The dress has spit on it. The crowd has followed her all the way down the block. Every so often, something flies toward her: a stick, a chunk of ice, a balled-up milk carton. The students scream at her to go back home. This picture is famous. It ran on the front page of the Observer and was published all over the world. You can read so much in the eyes, the faces, even the clothes - look at that bow on Dorothy's dress, pointing up at her face like an arrow. Still, in this frozen moment you can't quite tell who's doing what. Stare as long as you want but you can't see all the way inside, can't tell who's leading the charge and who's just watching. But some people know. And some of them still live scattered around Charlotte. Ronnie Hall. Marty Wilson. Woody Cooper. Dorothy Counts herself. (These days she goes by Dot Counts-Scoggins.) They're all retired or closing in on it, chasing grandkids and nursing creaky knees, yet they have sharp-focused memories of a single day from 50 years ago. They see something in this picture that nobody else does. They see the themselves." ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Editor’s note: This story by former Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson was first published on Sept. 2, 2007. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ DorothyCounts ❤ CharlotteNC theblaquelioness

"Look at this picture. What do you see? Maybe it depends on who you are. This picture was taken the morning of Sept. 4, 1957 - almost exactly 50 years ago. That week four black students integrated the Charlotte schools. Three of the four made it to class peacefully. The fourth was Dorothy Counts at Harding High. That's Dorothy in the middle, headed for Harding's front door. She's 15 years old. Her grandmother made that red-and-yellow dress. Dorothy's grandmother always made her a new dress for the first day of school. The dress has spit on it. The crowd has followed her all the way down the block. Every so often, something flies toward her: a stick, a chunk of ice, a balled-up milk carton. The students scream at her to go back home. This picture is famous. It ran on the front page of the Observer and was published all over the world. You can read so much in the eyes, the faces, even the clothes - look at that bow on Dorothy's dress, pointing up at her face like an arrow. Still, in this frozen moment you can't quite tell who's doing what. Stare as long as you want but you can't see all the way inside, can't tell who's leading the charge and who's just watching. But some people know. And some of them still live scattered around Charlotte. Ronnie Hall. Marty Wilson. Woody Cooper. Dorothy Counts herself. (These days she goes by Dot Counts-Scoggins.) They're all retired or closing in on it, chasing grandkids and nursing creaky knees, yet they have sharp-focused memories of a single day from 50 years ago. They see something in this picture that nobody else does. They see the themselves." ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Editor’s note: This story by former Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson was first published on Sept. 2, 2007. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ DorothyCounts ❤ CharlotteNC theblaquelioness

May the spirit of Dorothy Counts guide us all in 2017 and beyond Look at this picture What do you see? Maybe it depends on who you are This picture was taken the morning of Sept 4 1957 - almost exactly 50 years ago That week four black students integrated the Charlotte schools Three of the four made it to class peacefully The fourth was Dorothy Counts at Harding High That's Dorothy in the middle headed for Harding's front door She's 15 years old Her grandmother made that red-and-yellow dress Dorothy's grandmother always made her a new dress for the first day of school The dress has spit on it The crowd has followed her all the way down the block Every so often something flies toward her a stick a chunk of ice a balled-up milk carton The students scream at her to go back home This picture is famous It ran on the front page of the Observer and was published all over the world You can read so much in the eyes the faces even the clothes - look at that bow on Dorothy's dress pointing up at her face like an arrow Still in this frozen moment you can't quite tell who's doing what Stare as long as you want but you can't see all the way inside can't tell who's leading the charge and who's just watching But some people know And some of them still live scattered around Charlotte Ronnie Hall Marty Wilson Woody Cooper Dorothy Counts herself These days she goes by Dot Counts-Scoggins They're all retired or closing in on it chasing grandkids and nursing creaky knees yet they have sharp-focused memories of a single day from 50 years ago They see something in this picture that nobody else does They see the themselves ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Editor’s note This story by former Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson was first published on Sept 2 2007 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ DorothyCounts ❤ CharlotteNC theblaquelioness Meme

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