I THINK YOU'VE ALREADY DESCRIBED THIS IN PART, BUT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE HAVING THE FEDERAL TROOPS IN THE SCHOOL YOUR SENIOR YEAR. I'M SURE YOU HAD EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT THAT YEAR WAS GOING TO BE, AND THE LAST THING YOU EXPECTED WAS TO SPEND THAT YEAR UNDER ARMED GUARD. HOW'D THAT MAKE YOU FEEL AS A SENIOR?
I knew my senior year was going to be a great year. And I was determined that nothing was going to keep that from happening. It was a real tragedy the way it began, but having to go to school my senior year under federal troops, I was — I figured well, that's the way that it's going to be, I can't let it interfere, I've got to go on and get my education. They were inside the school, but they became invisible after a while. You just— they kind of were sorta like the statue of the tiger there. You just pass by them all the time. And you went on with your schoolwork. You went on with your life, and you went on with developing your relationships with your friends, and planning for the future. It didn't interfere with my education, because I didn't let it interfere with my education.