Warriors Don't Cry
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
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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...more
Reading level: 6.9
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Main Characters: Melba
Setting: Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
Awards: Robert F Kennedy
Warriors Don’t Cry is a recount of the story of the little rock nine that were the first to attend an all white school after it was ruled that segregation was unconstitutional. The story focuses on the experience in the POV of Melba. The story begins with Melba becoming aware with the Supreme Court case Brown V. Board...more
Warriors don't cry by Melba Pattillo Beals is a memior about Melba's experiences being apart of the little rock 9 integrating into Little Rock high school. This story takes place in 1954 when there was a lot of discrimination towards black people. Black and white people were segregated in schools and bathrooms and even restaurants. This is when Brown vs. Board of education came about. This case was to integrate some black teenagers into an all white high schoo...more
Gaining admission for these students was but one battle, won by the NAACP, the Supreme Court, and other antisegregationists. Many who were far removed by space or time assumed "victory" after the students were successf...more
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