is Will D. Campbell?
So the time comes, the moment
comes, when these children are going to leave the Dunbar Community Center
to walk this several blocks to the school. Nobody knows what's going to
They've got this mob down there, which is in essence being supported,
if not protected, by the Arkansas National Guard. They weren't on the
side of admitting the children; they were on the /other/ side. They were
there to keep them out. And all of a sudden here they go, without any
discussion or any forethought. I didn't realize, I claim no heroics in
the thing, but what does it mean to be a human being in that situation?
Here go nine children, defenseless, into God knows what. So four of us
simply fell in beside them and went down with them. Of course, they were
turned back. It was all over with quickly.
--Will Campbell Oral History
man of the word preacher
| writer | speaker
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