Warriors Don't Cry

Warriors Don't Cry

A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

Book - 1995
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In 1957, well before Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Melba Pattillo Beals and eight other teenagers became iconic symbols for the Civil Rights Movement and the dismantling of Jim Crow in the American South as they integrated Little Rock's Central High School in the wake of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education.

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.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 1995, c1994
ISBN: 9780671866396
Characteristics: xxiii, 312 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Warriors do not cry


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Jul 10, 2015

I loved reading this book for my Honors English assignment this summer. I am usually not a fan of this genre, but this book was certainly an exception. Reading this book written by Ms.Beals herself, was really eye opening and made me feel as if I was experiencing a day at Central High in her shoes. Furious as I am for the hardships the Little Rock Nine had to go through, I am glad that they went through with their plan and caused a ripple effect which greatly helped integrate many other places as well. I am glad that now everyone is treated equal, the way it was always meant to be.

Cakez01 Aug 13, 2014

This book is remarkable! I normally DON'T read this genre in order to avoid when such books get heavy into politics. However, Melba has given the reader a well explained, clear, and real life experience of what she went through during the days of extreme prejudice practices. An excellent way for a person to appreciate the decade/era in which they were born.

blue_wolf_2277 Jul 03, 2013

This book provides an in depth perspective of the life of the Little Rock Nine group of black students who first began desegregating America, showing just how brutal their lives were as well as their importance in American History.


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Jul 10, 2015

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Jun 28, 2016

Describes the events surrounding the 1957 Little Rock Central High School Integration by Melba Pattillo Beals, a student in "The Little Rock Nine".

StratfordLibrary Jun 24, 2010

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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Jul 23, 2016

"Dignity," said Grandmother India, "is a state of mind, just like freedom."


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