Melba describes Eckford as “petite” and “a very quiet, private person” who was always friendly at their old school, smiling and waving at Melba from across the hallways. Like all of the other members of the Little Rock Nine, she is very serious about her schoolwork. Unlike the rest, however, she soon becomes the most visible member of the group. Melba watches Eckford get chased by fifty angry white people while soldiers in the Arkansas National Guard do nothing to protect her. A famous photo shows Eckford trying to enter Central High School while a white teenager, later identified as Hazel Bryan, screams at her. Melba notes that, though Eckford was afraid on that day, she remained “regal” in her bearing.
Elizabeth Eckford Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry
The timeline below shows where the character Elizabeth Eckford appears in Warriors Don’t Cry. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The other students include Ernest Green, the eldest, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, Elizabeth Eckford , Thelma Mothershed, Melba’s “special friend” Minnijean Brown, Carlotta Walls, and Gloria Ray. They all... (full context)
...and her mother. When they reach of the hub of the activity, they see that Elizabeth Eckford is the focus of the crowd’s attention. Elizabeth stands alone, searching for the right place... (full context)
...them inside. She piles chairs against the locked back door and answers Melba’s question about Elizabeth Eckford’s safety. A white man and a white woman sat beside her on the bench, then... (full context)
...earlier in the day. Melba explains that she was across the street. Minnijean explains that Elizabeth Eckford was alone because she did not know where the meeting place was. She does not... (full context)
...Rock Nine a series of questions for thirty minutes. At first, questions are directed to Elizabeth Eckford , then to all of them. After the main session, in which reporters ask Melba... (full context)
...conduct, and health.” Melba wonders if he knows about Thelma’s heart condition. Ernest Green and Elizabeth Eckford turn out to be the only students who testify, to Melba’s relief. An attorney mentions... (full context)