Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Burt Glinn served in the United States Army between 1943 and 1946, before studying literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the Harvard Crimson college newspaper. From 1949 to 1950, Glinn worked for LIFE magazine before becoming a freelancer.

This contact sheet features images of a landmark moment in America’s Civil Rights movement which took place in Little Rock, Arkansas, when the so-called Little Rock Nine entered their newly-desegregated high school for the first time.

Burt Glinn joined Magnum Photos in 1951.

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