Dot Counts

Dorothy “Dot” Counts


Dot Counts, Civil Rights activist, was one of the four first students to integrate the Harry Harding High School in 1956. The photo of her attending her first day inspired these painting. It also inspired James Baldwin who wrote in I Am Not Your Negro: “It made me furious and filled me with both hatred and pity and it made me ashamed–One of us should have been there with her.”

Links to additional information:

The Guardian

Charlotte Magazine