Melba Pattillo Beals was leaving for school, but not in a normal way. The new integration had made many angry, and she had to be walked to school by guards. They had bayonets, guns with long knives attached.
Beals forgot that she didn't say goodbye to her mother, but her mother was distraught. She was concerned for Melba's safety, scared, and sad. There were so many people shouting angry words, mad, and some horrified.
"Let's say a word of prayer for these children." People began praying for the children, for their safety. There were also kind people in the crowd. Such as friendly neighbors.
The children soon got into a car. Their driver, Sarge, was incredibly kind. His accent was different, different from theirs, and even different from the Arkansas whites.
There were more soldiers as they got off. Mobs of angry people, and newsmen hanging from trees.
Beals was sad. But she was also proud, and felt a sense of importance. She was making a change. They had gone to such great lengths to protect her- a normal Little Rock girl. She truly made a change, and won't be forgotten.