September 23, 1957, Melba finally steps inside Central High. She enters
through a back door, with local police and state troopers guarding her.
There's a screaming mob outside again today. Still, she has made it inside.
It's a short, terrifying
school day. Just before noon, the mob breaks through the barricades. They
threaten to take over the school and hang the black students. The police
know they're outnumbered. They've got to get those nine kids out now!
Melba and her friends
are led to the basement garage. Crouching low in the back of a car, Melba
is driven to safety. It's the third time she has nearly been killed over
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