Warriors Don't Cry
The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central HighBook - 2007
An unexpected hero.
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 of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.
Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob's rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.
This is her remarkable story.
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Describes the events surrounding the 1957 Little Rock Central High School Integration by Melba Pattillo Beals, a student in "The Little Rock Nine".
Author Melba Pattilo Beals was just 16 in 1957, but her young age didn’t stop her from becoming a “warrior” on the front lines of the American civil rights movement, when she was one of nine teens chosen to integrate Little Rock Central High School. The integration was indeed, a battle. Melba was taunted, threatened and even attacked – more than once. Through it all, she refused to give up … and Warriors Don’t Cry is her inspiring – and true – story.
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