Delphine is scared of the police after the incident with her dad getting pulled over and called a racial slur."He hadn’t called Papa “Mr. Gaither, sir,” or “citizen” like the helpful police officer in our civic-pride film. I heard what that state policeman called Papa. I heard it all right. I held on to Fern tight,afraid for Papa. Afraid Papa might talk back or fight back."(page 60)
YES WE ARE! AND WE ARE GOING TO SING SO CECILE WILL LOVE US
I Have to keep me and my sisters safe. People die at the protest.
I was thinking, Alive. We have to be alive. Wouldn’t Little Bobby rather be alive than beremembered? Wouldn’t he rather be sitting out in the park than have the park named after him? I wanted to watch the news. Not be in it. The more I thought about it, the more I had my answer.We were staying home tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. We certainly weren’t going to be in no rally.(page 62)
You are just jealous you can't sing with us
You will be safe I promise nothing will happen. It will be a peaceful protest.
“I told Sister Mukumbu we’re not going to the Free Huey rally two Saturdays from now, or coming back to the Center.” “Why’d you tell her that?” “It’s dangerous,” I said. “The police shot a teenager for being with the Black Panthers. They could shoot Black Panthers and kids at the Center.” Cecile looked at me like I was stupid, but also with disbelief that I was her daughter. “Did anyone shoot at you, Delphine?” Her voice was calm and clear. (page 64)