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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
  • Melba Pattillo Beals
  • English
  • 13 March 2018
  • 0671866397

Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central HighThe Landmark Supreme Court Ruling, Brown V Board Of Education, Brought The Promise Of Integration To Little Rock, Arkansas, But It Was Hard Won For The Nine Black Teenagers Chosen To Integrate Central High School In They Ran The Gauntlet Between A Rampaging Mob And The Heavily Armed Arkansas National Guard, Dispatched By Governor Orval Faubus To Subvert Federal Law And Bar Them From Entering The School President Dwight D Eisenhower Responded By Sending In Soldiers Of The St Airborne Division, The Elite Screaming Eagles And Transformed Melba Pattillo And Her Eight Friends Into Reluctant Warriors On The Battlefield Of Civil Rights May Marks The Fortieth Anniversary Of The Brown V Board Of Education Ruling, Which Was Argued And Won By Thurgood Marshall, Whose Passion And Presence Emboldened The Little Rock Struggle Melba Pattillo Beals Commemorates The Milestone Decision In This First Person Account Of Her Ordeal At The Center Of The Violent Confrontation That Helped Shape The Civil Rights Movement Beals Takes Us From The Lynch Mob That Greeted The Terrified Fifteen Year Old To A Celebrity Homecoming With Her Eight Compatriots Thirty Years Later, On October Hosted By Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton In The Mansion That Faubus Built As They Returned To Tour The Halls Of The School, Gathering From Myriad Professions And All Corners Of The Country, They Were Greeted By The Legacy Of Their Courage A Bespectacled Black Teenager, The President Of The Student Body At Central High Beals Chronicles Her Harrowing Junior Year At Central High, When She Began Each School Day By Polishing Her Saddle Shoes And Bracing Herself For Battle Nothing, Not Eventhe St Airborne Division, Could Blunt The Segregationists Brutal Organized Campaign Of Terrorism That Included Telephone Threats, Insults And Assaults At School, Brigades Of Attacking Mothers, Rogue Police, Restroom Fireball Attacks, Acid Throwers, Vigilante Stalkers, Economic


About the Author: Melba Pattillo Beals

Melba Pattillo Beals made history as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African American students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957 The world watched as they braved constant intimidation and threats from those who opposed desegregation of the formerly all white high school She later recounted this harrowing year in her book titled Warriors Don t Cry A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Desegregate Little Rock s Central High School.Melba Pattillo was born on December 7, 1941, in Little Rock Pulaski County Beals grew up surrounded by family members who knew the importance of an education Her mother, Lois Marie Pattillo, PhD, was one of the first black graduates of the University of Arkansas UA in Fayetteville Washington County in 1954 and was a high school English teacher at the time of the crisis Her father, Howell Pattillo, worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad She had one brother, Conrad, who served as a U.S marshal in Little Rock, and they all lived with her grandmother, India Peyton.While attending all black Horace Mann High School in Little Rock, she knew her educational opportunities were not equal to her white counterparts opportunities at Central High In response to this inequality, Pattillo volunteered to transfer to the all white Central High School with eight other black students from Horace Mann and Dunbar Junior High School The Little Rock Nine, as they came to be known, faced daily harassment from white students Beals later recounted that the soldier assigned to protect her instructed her, In order to get through this year, you will have to become a soldier Never let your enemy know what you are feeling Beals took the soldier s advice, and, while the rest of the school year remained turbulent, all but one student, Minnijean Brown, was able to finish the school year Barred from entering Central High the next year when the city s schools were closed, Pattillo moved to Santa Rosa, California, to live with a sponsoring family who were members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP for her senior year of high school.In 1961, Pattillo married John Beals They had one daughter but divorced after ten years of marriage She subsequently adopted two boys.Beals graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in journalism and earned an MA in the same field from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York She has worked as a communications consultant, a motivational speaker, and as a reporter for San Francisco s public television station and for the Bay Area s NBC affiliate.Beals was the first of the Little Rock Nine to write a book based on her experiences at Central High Published in 1994, Warriors Don t Cry gives a first hand account of the trials Beals encountered from segregationists and racist students The book was named the American Library Association ALA Notable Book for 1995 and won the Robert F Kennedy Book Award that same year White is a State of Mind, her 1999 sequel to Warriors Don t Cry, follows Beals from her senior year in high school to her college and family days in California.Beals was awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal by the NAACP in 1958, along with other members of the Little Rock Nine and Daisy Bates, their mentor In 1999, President Bill Clinton presented the nation s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the members of the Little Rock Nine As of 2010, Beals lives in the San Francisco area and works as an author and public speaker.


10 thoughts on “Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

  1. says:

    This book was assigned reading for my son and I picked it up when he finished Melba Patillo Beals was one of the students chosen to integrate Little Rock s Central High School in 1957 The amount of courage that she and the other students exhibited is incredible.Melba was threatened, taunted, and even had acid sprayed in her eyes I read this book with tears in my own eyes, ashamed at this part of our country s history It also made me question whether I would have had the courage, especially a This book was assigned reading for my son and I picked it up when he finished Melba Patillo Beals was one of the students chosen to integrate Little Rock s Central High School in 1957 The amount of courage that she and the other students exhibited is incredible.Melba was threatened, taunted, and even had acid sprayed in her eyes I read this book with tears in my own eyes, ashamed at this part of our country s history It also made me question whether I would have had the courage, especially as a teenager, to endure what Melba and the other African American students did If I m completely honest, the answer to that question is a resounding NO.Kudos to schools who assign this book and unflinchingly explore this uncomfortable topic It can only make us better people to remember

  2. says:

    I loved this story The amount of bravery exuded from such a young lady is quite remarkable.I ve read other reviewers upset with Beals for including so much of her religious belief in this story but I believe it was necessary to humanize her The stories told in this memoir were truly shocking and I felt for young Melba in a very special way She is truly a hero in my eyes A highly recommended read BTW, there was a movie made about Ernest Green s year in Central High that I would highly recommen I loved this story The amount of bravery exuded from such a young lady is quite remarkable.I ve read other reviewers upset with Beals for including so much of her religious belief in this story but I believe it was necessary to humanize her The stories told in this memoir were truly shocking and I felt for young Melba in a very special way She is truly a hero in my eyes A highly recommended read BTW, there was a movie made about Ernest Green s year in Central High that I would highly recommend to supplement this book

  3. says:

    Shortly after the United States Supreme Court prohibited school segregation in Brown v Board of Education in 1954, twelve year old Melba signed a list to go to school with white people Three years later, she got her wish She was selected with eight other African American students to attend and integrate Little Rock s Central High School They became known as the Little Rock Nine Immediately there were obstacles Governor Faubus called in the National Guard to surround Central High and preven Shortly after the United States Supreme Court prohibited school segregation in Brown v Board of Education in 1954, twelve year old Melba signed a list to go to school with white people Three years later, she got her wish She was selected with eight other African American students to attend and integrate Little Rock s Central High School They became known as the Little Rock Nine Immediately there were obstacles Governor Faubus called in the National Guard to surround Central High and prevent Beals and her friends from entering An angry white mob of over 1,000 people shouted and grabbed at them Nineteen days after they first tried to attend school, a period filled with legal wrangling in federal court, they were escorted into Central High by the local police, only to leave early The next day, President Eisenhower ordered members of the U.S Army s 101st Airborne Division to act as their escorts and protection in the hallways of Central High Once inside the high school, Beals experienced one violent situation after another, at the hands of both her fellow classmates and her teachers Students hurled obscenities, knocked her books down, pinned her against a wall and tried to choke her during a pep rally, and sprayed acid in her eyes Teachers and others in positions of authority spat on and slapped her or looked the other way when students were abusing her Beals and her friends never entered Central High through its main steps as their classmates did, but instead used a side entrance, sometimes leaving the school in ard vehicles or helicopters As Beals wrote in her diary, After three full days inside Central, I know that integration is a much bigger word than I thought In addition to the incidents at school, Beals describes other changes in her life As a result of her family s very real fears about the white mob and what might happen if she were to leave the house on the weekends, Beals had to spend a lot of time at home Friends she had before entering Central High became estranged, and she was no longer able to enjoy the activities she once loved Her life was entirely consumed by integration Her loving, strong, supportive family and the other Little Rock Nine members became the constants in her life.Despite the many setbacks the Little Rock Nine experienced, a message of hope, dignity, and resilience shines through Beals memoir In the end, three members of the Little Rock Nine were able to graduate from Central High School, and the others finished their education elsewhere when the situation in Little Rock became too dangerous This is an important book and one that should be read by everyone As important as Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks are to the history books, it is also important to remember the struggles that the Little Rock Nine went through to secure access to education Five stars for both writing and educational value Highly recommended

  4. says:

    This is a powerful memoir about one girl s experience during a year of forced integration in Little Rock, Arkansas I ve been reading some of the cases in law school but it is a different thing to hear it from a 15 year old s perspective Whether or not you agree with the politics, I think this makes for an interesting, thought provoking read Also, I found it so absorbing I had to remind myself that this was Real Life and not fiction so I couldn t be disappointed when my ship died But dang, L This is a powerful memoir about one girl s experience during a year of forced integration in Little Rock, Arkansas I ve been reading some of the cases in law school but it is a different thing to hear it from a 15 year old s perspective Whether or not you agree with the politics, I think this makes for an interesting, thought provoking read Also, I found it so absorbing I had to remind myself that this was Real Life and not fiction so I couldn t be disappointed when my ship died But dang, Liam sp was adorbs

  5. says:

    I absolutely LOVED this book The bravery of the Little Rock nine was an inspiration to me I had no idea the extent of suffering these kids went through They are true heroes

  6. says:

    Truly shocking.I couldn t believe all the misery that those kids went through, trying to be the first to integrate Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 I had always just assumed that once they got inside the school, everything was hunky dory Not at all A typical day for Beals involved getting kicked down the stairs, sprayed in the eyes, repeatedly called names, shoved, jabbed, mocked, etc by other students while teachers turned a blind eye I don t know how she did it There were s Truly shocking.I couldn t believe all the misery that those kids went through, trying to be the first to integrate Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 I had always just assumed that once they got inside the school, everything was hunky dory Not at all A typical day for Beals involved getting kicked down the stairs, sprayed in the eyes, repeatedly called names, shoved, jabbed, mocked, etc by other students while teachers turned a blind eye I don t know how she did it There were several times in the book that I honestly thought she should give up because it was too dangerous to continue I cannot believe she did not become severely depressed and psychologically traumatized from all the abuse I also did not know that Gov Faubus CLOSED all the high schools the following year to prevent further integration If I were Beals I would have been relieved that I didn t have to go to that place of torment any, but it was also a way of taking away the victory that the students scored by lasting the entire first year My aunt and uncle lived briefly in Little Rock and just moved from there last year It sounds as though racial tensions are still quite high there, fifty years later When they sold their house, neighbors told them not to sell it to any black people because they didn t want them in the currently all white neighborhood

  7. says:

    That when the WHY is big enough, we can overcome ANY..HOW

  8. says:

    I am a historian by academic training, yet I knew precious little about this story I d heard of The Little Rock Nine and seen the famous photo of them marching in to Central High But that s about it.I was blissfully naive about the intensity and extensive length of time these children were bullied by kids and adults alike I had no idea the governor and state troopers were so awful Melba s story gives insight into both the high level and daily horrors they faced.I highly recommend this book t I am a historian by academic training, yet I knew precious little about this story I d heard of The Little Rock Nine and seen the famous photo of them marching in to Central High But that s about it.I was blissfully naive about the intensity and extensive length of time these children were bullied by kids and adults alike I had no idea the governor and state troopers were so awful Melba s story gives insight into both the high level and daily horrors they faced.I highly recommend this book to both adults and teens The themes are frighteningly apt for today Sad but true

  9. says:

    Devastating It s terrifying to read about huge numbers of adults and children so completely abandoning empathy and common decency, even in a media spotlight and under judicial pressure They were so committed to their hate We have so much to atone for, even as we continue to offend The author s courage in the face of all the abuse is mind boggling.

  10. says:

    I really did like this book because Melba is such a powerful black woman Melba tells her story how she goes to a school of white racist people who harassed her for her skin color Melba struggles a lot and is harassed by everyone I got so angry at everyone for treating her like this because she s a human being How Melba s grandmother tells her to stop crying because warriors don t cry made me smile My mom would say the same thing to me and how strong Melba is amazing Melba goes through so m I really did like this book because Melba is such a powerful black woman Melba tells her story how she goes to a school of white racist people who harassed her for her skin color Melba struggles a lot and is harassed by everyone I got so angry at everyone for treating her like this because she s a human being How Melba s grandmother tells her to stop crying because warriors don t cry made me smile My mom would say the same thing to me and how strong Melba is amazing Melba goes through so much through her life and loses her childhood innocence at such a young age Melba really is strong independent woman who achieved so much at young age and stood for civil rights I admire her a lot for her courage and strength

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