Melba Pattillo Beals





Melba Pattillo Beals

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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 (
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“The task that remains is to cope with our interdependence - to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and to respect and honor our differences.”
Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

“The effort to separate ourselves whether by race, creed, color, religion, or status is as costly to the separator as to those who would be separated.”
Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

“They where like so many of the adults around us, content to pretend that all was well....but we knew better”
Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

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