Little Rock Nine member writes book detailing experience

(AP) - One of the nine black teenagers who were escorted to
Central High School in Little Rock by federal troops 60 years ago has written a book about her role in the school's racial desegregation.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Elizabeth Eckford reflects on her time at Central in "The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High." She will speak about the book this weekend in Little Rock.

The 150-page book contains verse, photographs, drawings, essays and documents from when Little Rock's resistance to racial desegregation put the city in the spotlight.

Eckford and eight other black students were blocked from entering the school in September 1957 by an angry white crowd and armed soldiers. Military members were then ordered to protect the students.

Eckford says the book is meant to be a teaching tool about bullying and
leadership.

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