Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

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You've gotta learn to defend yourself. Never let your enemy know what you are feeling.

-- The soldier assigned to protect Melba

Please, God, let me learn how to stop being a warrior. Sometimes I just need to be a girl.

-- Melba's diary, on her sixteenth birthday

In 1957 Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board Education, she was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. This is her remarkable story.

You will listen to the cruel taunts of her schoolmates and their parents. You will run with her from the threat of a lynch mob's rope. You will share her terror as she dodges lighted sticks of dynamite, and her pain as she washes away the acid sprayed into her eyes. But most of all you will share Melba's dignity and courage as she refuses to back down.

 

About Melba Pattillo Beals

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Beals has been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for her part in the civil rights movement.
 
Published February 1, 1995 by Perfection Learning. 312 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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A profoundly uplifting--and also a profoundly depressing- -account of the integration of Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

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The author was one of nine black teenagers who in 1957 integrated their high school despite violent retaliation. (Aug.)

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The author was one of nine black teenagers who in 1957 integrated their high school despite violent retaliation. (Aug.)

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One of the nine black teenagers who integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957 here recounts that traumatic year with drama and detail. Beals, who is now a communications consultant, relies

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Although eight of the nine made it through the school year (Minnijean was expelled but was sent to attend a private school in NYC), the high schools in Little Rock were closed for the next three years and Melba was eventually sent to live with a family in California to finish her high school educ...

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