Warriors don't cry : a searing memoir of the battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High
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.
New York City
Civil Rights, Civil Rights History, School Integration
United States History
Beals, Melba Pattillo, "Warriors don't cry : a searing memoir of the battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High" (1994). Faculty Authored Books and Book Contributions. 70.