The Landmark Supreme Court Ruling, Brown V Board Of Education, Brought The Promise Of Integration To Little Rock, Arkansas, But It Was Hard Won For The Nine Black Teenagers Chosen To Integrate Central High School In They Ran The Gauntlet Between A Rampaging Mob And The Heavily Armed Arkansas National Guard, Dispatched By Governor Orval Faubus To Subvert Federal Law And Bar Them From Entering The School President Dwight D Eisenhower Responded By Sending In Soldiers Of The St Airborne Division, The Elite Screaming Eagles And Transformed Melba Pattillo And Her Eight Friends Into Reluctant Warriors On The Battlefield Of Civil Rights May Marks The Fortieth Anniversary Of The Brown V Board Of Education Ruling, Which Was Argued And Won By Thurgood Marshall, Whose Passion And Presence Emboldened The Little Rock Struggle Melba Pattillo Beals Commemorates The Milestone Decision In This First Person Account Of Her Ordeal At The Center Of The Violent Confrontation That Helped Shape The Civil Rights Movement Beals Takes Us From The Lynch Mob That Greeted The Terrified Fifteen Year Old To A Celebrity Homecoming With Her Eight Compatriots Thirty Years Later, On October Hosted By Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton In The Mansion That Faubus Built As They Returned To Tour The Halls Of The School, Gathering From Myriad Professions And All Corners Of The Country, They Were Greeted By The Legacy Of Their Courage A Bespectacled Black Teenager, The President Of The Student Body At Central High Beals Chronicles Her Harrowing Junior Year At Central High, When She Began Each School Day By Polishing Her Saddle Shoes And Bracing Herself For Battle Nothing, Not Eventhe St Airborne Division, Could Blunt The Segregationists Brutal Organized Campaign Of Terrorism That Included Telephone Threats, Insults And Assaults At School, Brigades Of Attacking Mothers, Rogue Police, Restroom Fireball Attacks, Acid Throwers, Vigilante Stalkers, Economic In this book, Melba is chosen to integrate Central High School She faces many hardships there because of her race Melba is forced to be extremely brave and courageous as she pushes through her situation.I thought that this book was okay, certain parts were better than others I liked the idea of sharing this story through the form of a book, but after a while it felt very repetitive I noticed that sometimes it would bring up an interesting topic, and then it would never go deeper into it I liked the story, but I wish it was written better and in greater detail I would recommend this book if you are interested in the topic, but otherwise this book might not be for you It was really a good story, and I really wish it had slowed down a little often and explained things in better detail. This book was assigned reading for my son and I picked it up when he finished Melba Patillo Beals was one of the students chosen to integrate Little Rock s Central High School in 1957 The amount of courage that she and the other students exhibited is incredible.Melba was threatened, taunted, and even had acid sprayed in her eyes I read this book with tears in my own eyes, ashamed at this part of our country s history It also made me question whether I would have had the courage, especially as a teenager, to endure what Melba and the other African American students did If I m completely honest, the answer to that question is a resounding NO.Kudos to schools who assign this book and unflinchingly explore this uncomfortable topic It can only make us better people to remember. Shortly after the United States Supreme Court prohibited school segregation in Brown v Board of Education in 1954, twelve year old Melba signed a list to go to school with white people Three years later, she got her wish She was selected with eight other African American students to attend and integrate Little Rock s Central High School They became known as the Little Rock Nine Immediately there were obstacles Governor Faubus called in the National Guard to surround Central High and prevent Beals and her friends from entering An angry white mob of over 1,000 people shouted and grabbed at them Nineteen days after they first tried to attend school, a period filled with legal wrangling in federal court, they were escorted into Central High by the local police, only to leave early The next day, President Eisenhower ordered members of the U.S Army s 101st Airborne Division to act as their escorts and protection in the hallways of Central High Once inside the high school, Beals experienced one violent situation after another, at the hands of both her fellow classmates and her teachers Students hurled obscenities, knocked her books down, pinned her against a wall and tried to choke her during a pep rally, and sprayed acid in her eyes Teachers and others in positions of authority spat on and slapped her or looked the other way when students were abusing her Beals and her friends never entered Central High through its main steps as their classmates did, but instead used a side entrance, sometimes leaving the school in ard vehicles or helicopters As Beals wrote in her diary, After three full days inside Central, I know that integration is a much bigger word than I thought In addition to the incidents at school, Beals describes other changes in her life As a result of her family s very real fears about the white mob and what might happen if she were to leave the house on the weekends, Beals had to spend a lot of time at home Friends she had before entering Central High became estranged, and she was no longer able to enjoy the activities she once loved Her life was entirely consumed by integration Her loving, strong, supportive family and the other Little Rock Nine members became the constants in her life.Despite the many setbacks the Little Rock Nine experienced, a message of hope, dignity, and resilience shines through Beals memoir In the end, three members of the Little Rock Nine were able to graduate from Central High School, and the others finished their education elsewhere when the situation in Little Rock became too dangerous This is an important book and one that should be read by everyone As important as Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks are to the history books, it is also important to remember the struggles that the Little Rock Nine went through to secure access to education Five stars for both writing and educational value Highly recommended. This is a powerful memoir about one girl s experience during a year of forced integration in Little Rock, Arkansas I ve been reading some of the cases in law school but it is a different thing to hear it from a 15 year old s perspective Whether or not you agree with the politics, I think this makes for an interesting, thought provoking read Also, I found it so absorbing I had to remind myself that this was Real Life and not fiction so I couldn t be disappointed when my ship died But dang, Liam sp was adorbs.
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
- 336 pages
- Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
- Melba Pattillo Beals
- 14 September 2019 Melba Pattillo Beals