The following morning on Wednesday September 25 at 8:00 A.M., " ...as we turned the corner near the Bateses' home, I saw them, about fifty uniformed soldiers of the 101st. Some stood still with rifles at their sides,..."
"There were lots of people of both races standing around, talking to one another in whispers. Reporters hung from trees, perched on fences, stood on cars and darted about with their usual urgency."
"There was tears in Mama's eyes as she whispered good-bye." Make this day the best you can." she said. "Let's bow our heads for a word of prayer." One of our ministers stepped from among the others and began to say comforting words."
According to paragraph 12," As we collected ourselves and walked toward the caravan many of the adults were crying openly. When I turned to wave to Mother Lois, I saw tears streaming down her cheeks."
"We pulled up to the front of the school. Groups of soldiers on guard were lined at intervals several feet apart."
"Step by step we climbed upward-where none of my people had ever before walked as a student. We stepped up the front door of Central High School and crossed the threshold to the place where angry segregationists mobs forbidden us to go."