Warriors don’t cry
What would you do if u were forced to complete a year of high school not only worrying about what people thought about you, but also having to worry about staying alive? Melba Patillo was forced to live with this overwhelming pressure throughout her junior year when on May 17, 1954 the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas saying that public schools for whites and blacks were illegal. So when Melba’s teacher asked if anyone who lived within the Central High district would like to go to Central with white children Melba was more than eager to volunteer and explore all those opportunities she had missed out on. Three long years later when it came to the 1957 fall term Melba would be attending the all white Central High School as a junior. Though without her three most important supports which were her family, Link and her belief in God she wouldn’t have been able to make it through her junior year.
Melba’s family supported Melba through her unbearable junior year at Central High by giving her the necessary strength needed to stick through it and giving her advice that helped her survive through the dangerous halls of Central high School. Her family suffered along with Melba having to endure the constant telephone threats, being shunned by the whole community and even went as far as to costing Melba’s mom her job and not to mention having to worry about if Melba would come home from school alive. Whenever Melba felt like giving up and leaving Central High so she could go back to her old school, Horace Mann her Grandma picked her right back up and changed her mind. “One little setback –and you want out,” she said. “Naw, you’re not a quitter.”(55) Or when Melba began to be overwhelmed with all the suffering and just wished she were dead her Grandma once again influenced her to see things her way. “Whenever you think about going away from this earth, think about how you’d break my heart and your brother’s...
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