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Warriors Don't Cry

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Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
By: Melba Pattillo Beals

About the Book
This book is about integration in the early 1950s. This meant that black students could go to school with white students. Melba, the main character, goes to Central High School, a white school, with eight other blacks. This book displays the journey that Melba had to take to survive the school year. Melba's struggle is a quest to improve the lives of black people all over the U.S. This book appealed to me because I really like history and learning about the schools back then. Also, the title jumped out at me and stirred a spark of interest.
About the Author
The author of this book is Melba Pattillo Beals and she has a very personal connection to the main character, because she is the main character. She was one of the first nine students to integrate Little Rock Central High School. I believe that the authors purpose for writing this book was to inform people today that life back then for the blacks were extremely difficult and to portray the courage and battle they had to endure to make a change in this world.
Book Organization
5 Facts
1. "In 1954, the Supreme Court had decreed an end to segregated schools" (Beals 1).
2. "First off, I was born on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941" (4).
3. "On Tuesday evening, May 27, with 4,500 people looking on, Ernie received his diploma" (304).
4. "On August 20, 2005, hundreds of people, many of them white Arkansans, gathered on the grounds of the Arkansas state capitol for the unveiling of statues of the nine of us" (Introduction).
5. "This year, 2007, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the integration of Central High" (311).
5 Opinions
1. "I don't remember a life without Grandmother India, she was the best" (Beals 10).
2. "I felt comfortable being with them, because they were the kind of people my mother allowed me to associate with" (35).
3. "I felt sad and angry that there was no hope things would ever get any better" (37).
4. "God's warriors don't cry. The women of this family don't break down in the face of trouble. We are strong" (57).
5. " Embarrassment is not a life-threatening problem. It can be washed away with a prayer and a smile" (242).
The Experience
I have heard and read in books that black people were treated unfairly in our history. From this book I learned and felt the physical torture they had to endure. I have so much more compassion for the black students who had to live through the cruelty and injustice that was done to them just because of the color of their skin. I had basic knowledge about segregation, but after reading this book it gave me more detailed information about the topic. I have complete respect for the courageous nine black students who changed our history.
MLA Citation
Beals, Melba. Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir
of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High. New York: Pocket, 1994. Print
This book is organized in chronological order. It recaps the history of how integration of black students in a white school was implemented at Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. The book went into much depth and scope with information as this was a memoir written by the main character of the book. It was very detailed in its description of the daily struggles of the nine black students.

Presented By: Zachary Kim
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