By Carlotta Walls Lanier, Lisa Frazier Page
Whilst fourteen-year-old Carlotta partitions walked up the steps of Little Rock important highschool on September 25, 1957, she and 8 different black scholars in simple terms desired to make it to type. however the trip of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they got here to be identified, may lead the kingdom on a good longer and masses extra turbulent direction, person who might problem winning attitudes, holiday down limitations, and perpetually switch the panorama of America.
For Carlotta and the 8 different teenagers, easily getting during the door of this well-liked educational establishment concerned offended mobs, racist elected officers, and intervention by means of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who used to be pressured to ship within the a hundred and first Airborne to escort the 9 into the development. yet access was once easily the 1st of many trials. Breaking her silence eventually and sharing her tale for the 1st time, Carlotta partitions has written an engrossing memoir that may be a testomony not just to the facility of a unmarried individual to make a distinction but additionally to the sacrifices made by way of households and groups that chanced on themselves part of background.
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Oh yeah . . I need dimples too 42 A DRUNKEN PHONE C ALL A drunken phone call From a middle-aged woman In the middle of the night After SportsCenter Reminds me That life is short And cold And mean And maybe I should Have called you Like I said I would 43 A S U B S T I T U T E F O R YO U I’m a fan of Christopher Columbus I want to ﬁnd a spice route too They’ve got a substitute for sugar I want a substitute for you I’m gonna ride those trade winds Find gold in El Dorado too They’ve got MasterCards for money I need a substitute for you My feet at night Are so cold I tell you they’re turning blue They have a substitute for coal oil I’ll buy a substitute for you Some things are real though most things Really don’t be true They got a substitute for the truth But a lie right now won’t do You let me think you loved me Luckily I can’t sue With work and play we drifted I’m requesting something new 44 I’m not saying This is nice There’s a crack That love fell through I’m just saying What we had is gone I need a substitute For you 45 I K N OW T H E S O N G I know the song The moon sings Though she only sings To moonbeams And to all the stars That twinkle In the night I know the song Her heart hears Since she belongs To no one And there is none to hear Her sing her song I know to sing The moon song That mostly the moon Sings alone Bravely Through the night I know the song The moon sings I understand the harmony rings That tinkle chiming for the sun 46 I, too, am A motherless child My heart and soul Are running wild I, too, am a motherless child 47 I A M A M I R RO R I am a mirror I reﬂect the grace Of my mother The tenacity Of my grandmother The patience Of my grandfather The sweat Of my great-grandmother The hope Of my great-great-grandfather The songs Of my ancestors The prayers Of those on the auction block The bravery Of those in middle passage I reﬂect the strengths Of my people And for that alone I am loved 48 E V E RY T H I N G G O O D I S S I M P L E Everything good is simple: a soft-boiled egg .
To be picked and picked and picked until some crazy boll weevil destroys me . . I am not peanuts grown underground . . harvested raw . . made into many things . . nor am I taffy . . to be pulled and pulled and pulled . . made acceptable by artiﬁcial sweetener I am my own me If you stand in back . . stopping the light . . I become a mirror . . I reﬂect who you wish you were . . and think you ought to be . . I show you who you are not 55 If you open me I become a window . . I bring a fresh breeze .
Always . . singing a love song I am glass . . you can see through me . . I’m easily hurt . . any little pebble can cause a scratch though it takes diamond to cut . . I can stand against the storm . . laugh at lightning . . let the rain sheet down . . Why don’t you stay here with me . . safe and warm I am more than your past I am not cotton . . to be picked and picked and picked until some crazy boll weevil destroys me . . I am not peanuts grown underground . . harvested raw . . made into many things .
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls Lanier, Lisa Frazier Page