Wow. I just finished reading "Warriors Don't Cry," the story about the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a true story told from the point of view of Melba Pattillo, one of the Little Rock nine. I read the entire book in one day, which is a first for me when I'm reading a school assigned book. The book just blew me away. Melba's courage is amazing beyond all belief. She is so brave and so strong in the face of so many people that hate her, and I admire and respect her for it. I don't think I could ever survive what she went through. I wouldn't have lasted a day, and she went through an entire school year. She's an inspiration to me, and after reading about her life, my own problems seem like nothing.
I would like to meet her in person, or write her a letter and thank her for being so brave. She is what people should strive to be in the face of adversity. If I can call up even a fraction of her courage, I can make it through anything.
I think that I'm going to try harder in school now. Melba's story gives me faith that everyone has courage in their hearts if they need it. I'm going to try and find mine and make use of it! Three cheers for inspirational people!