Plus, this is how that parade starts, the Special Ed students are meeting with other people because their fearless leader who was going to fight for their rights, was randomly killed off by a nut with a bomb, and there's a black minister who was a friend of the family and it's just...
"That day, Daria and Jane did stop by Alicia's class. Andrew, who also had that period free, was also there. Both Alicia and Nathan were in front of the class.
"I know we have suffered such a terrible loss in the death of David," Alicia said, "but we must not let this dream of his die. Jodie Landon, who now is acting president once again, is calling for another election. We must find someone to run for the office and finish what David started."
Suddenly, Sandi burst in.
"Sandi," Daria said, "what the Hell are you doing here?"
"I'm free on bail, remember?," Sandi said. "I just want to tell all you retarts that I'm going to run for Student Government President again. And this time, I'm warning all of you, if even one of you decide to run against me, you will live to regret it!" She made a cutting motion with her finger across her throat, and left.
The students were afraid for their lives. Some began to weep."
"Nathan knew he needed to bolster their spirits. He spoke in his loud, clear baritone voice:
"Fear not, everyone! He who rules from above will not suffer any harm on you! He knows the end from the beginning! He sits in judgment in his throne! If God is for us, who can be against us! Fear not those who can only kill the body but not the spirit! David has taken you to the Promised Land, but like Moses, did not cross over. Now we must find a Joshua to take us over the Jordan!"
He then looked at Andrew and said, "Andrew, you will run for Student Government President and finish what David started. We have only the bonds of slavery to lose and everything to gain!"
"I now want to sing a song of hope to you. As some of you know, I belong to the local chapter of the NAACP. Our organization's official song is called 'Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing.'. It reflects our group's goals for equality of the races. I think it should be a song for our fight for freedom as well."
Nathan cleared his throat and then began to sing:
"Lift ev'ry voice and sing,/Till earth and heaven ring,/Ring with the harmonies of liberty. . ."
Suddenly, the students began to join in; even Daria and Jane joined in:
"Let our rejoicing rise high as the list'ning skies,/Let it resound load as the rolling sea."
The students got out of their seats and headed out of the door, still singing:
"Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;/Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;/Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,/Let us march until victory is won."
The procession was headed down the Ghetto, and soon the other Special Education classes there emptied and went down the hall. The second verse was begun:
"Stony the road we trod,/Bitter the chast'ning rod,/Fell in the days when hope unborn had died. . ."
Sandi saw what was going on. "You can't leave the Ghetto during class!," she said.
"And what are you going to do about it?," Daria said, "tell on all of us?"
Sandi ran toward Ms. Li's office. The singing continued:
"Yet with a steady beat,/Have not our weary feet/Come to the place for which our forefathers sighed?"
Suddenly, more students joined them, along with some teachers. The second verse continued:
"We have come over a way that with tears has been watered;/We have come, treading our path thru' the blood of the slaughtered,/Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last/Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast."
Ms. Li came out and stood there, saying, "And where do you think you're going?"
"To get a petition form for Andrew," Daria said.
"All of you go back to your classes at once, of face suspension!," Ms. Li said.
"You can't suspend all of us!," Jane said in defiance.
"As for you teachers, you will report back as well, or face possible proceedings!," Ms. Li added.
"You can't touch us, Ms. Li," Nathan said, "we've got tenure!"
Ms. Li got mad. Nathan led the group in singing the last verse:
"God of our weary years,/God of our silent tears,/Thou who has brought us thus far on our way. . ."
"You will not get away with this!," Ms. Li warned, "Federal Government or no Federal Government!"
"Just watch us!," Daria shot back. The singing continued:
"Thou who hast by Thy might,/Led us into the light,/Keep us forever in the path we pray."
Sandi was shocked to see Quinn among them.
"Quinn, you traitor!," she said, "give this up now and we might just let you back in!"
"No thanks," Quinn replied, "I don't want to be associated with bigots!"
Quinn rejoined the others as they finished the song:
"Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,/Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;/Shadowed beneath Thy hand,/May we forever stand,/True to our God, true to our native land."
The group then went into the general office to pick up the application."