Dorothy Counts made national news in September 1957 when, at age 15, she became the first and then only black student to attend the newly segregated Harry Harding High School in Charlotte (North Carolina). This came nearly three years after the Supreme Court ruled public school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Counts was abandoned by his father on his first day of school with his family friend Edwin Thompkins. As their car is stopped from approaching the front entrance, Edwin offers to escort the Counts to the front of the school while his father parked the car. As she got out of the car to go down the hill, her father told her, “Keep your head high. You are no less than anyone." There were about 200 to 300 people in the hostile crowd, mostly students and parents, who followed him and shouted racial adjectives at him. The mob taunted him, spat on him and pelted stones at him with sticks and pebbles. Unceremoniously, Dorothy left without reacting but later told the press that several people threw stones at her - most of whom landed in front of her feet - and the students built walls but parted ways past her at the last moment. allowed to walk.
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