Interview with Melba Pattillo Beals
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

DID YOU HAVE A FEELING AT THAT TIME IN TERMS OF WHAT, IN TERMS OF YOUR OWN PREPARATION, WHAT WERE YOU FEELING AT THAT TIME? AT THAT TIME BEFORE YOU WENT IN, BEFORE YOU EXPERIENCED THE RESISTANCE INSIDE THE SCHOOL OR OUTSIDE, AT THAT TIME, WHEN YOU FOUND OUT YOU WERE GOING, WHAT WAS YOUR FEELING?

Melba Pattillo Beals:

Just you—apprehension, some. You know, we would meet and discuss, you know, what might go on, we met with some members of the school board. We just had little community meetings with the Quakers, with various people, to try to set a premise for communication. And so, all, you know, I like new things. I like exciting things. I really have a penchant for excitement. I like it, you know, if it's new, let's go for it, you know? So, I wasn't feeling anything, I was feeling like, OK, this is going to be an adventure, I'm going to meet new people and do new things. I'm going to see something I didn't see before, do something I didn't do before. So it's cool, you know. I was prepared and sort of I could feel you know, my internal self gearing up for something that would be new. No inkling that I faced a holocaust, no inkling that I faced a holocaust—none whatsoever.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

TAKE 3.