Warriors Don’t Cry
From the paper:
We are not these bodies, we are spirits, God’s ideas,` Grandma India explained to Melba Pattillo Beals one afternoon as they tended Grandma’s garden of four-o’clocks. `You don’t want to be white, what you really want is to be free, and freedom is a state of mind (6). It was perhaps those words of wisdom spoken to a child only six years of age that helped create the courage that would one day be needed by Melba to fulfill her destiny.
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Melba Pattillo would, ten years later, be among the first Black children to attend and help integrate Little Rock’s previously all-White Central High School.