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Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little… (Original 1994; 2007. Auflage)

von Melba Pattillo Beals (Autor)

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The landmark 1954 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 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard-opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order. For Melba Beals and her eight friends those steps marked their transformation into reluctant warriors-on a battlefield that helped shape the civil rights movement.Warriors Don't Cry, drawn from Melba Beals's personal diaries, is a riveting true account of her junior year at Central High-one filled with telephone threats, brigades of attacking mothers, rogue police, fireball and acid-throwing attacks, economic blackmail, and, finally, a price upon Melba's head. With the help of her English-teacher mother; her eight fellow warriors; and her gun-toting, Bible-and-Shakespeare-loving grandmother, Melba survived. And, incredibly, from a year that would hold no sweet-sixteen parties or school plays, Melba Beals emerged with indestructible faith, courage, strength, and hope.… (mehr)
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Titel:Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High [Copy 3 of 15]
Autoren:Melba Pattillo Beals (Autor)
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2007), Edition: Abridged, 240 pages
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Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High von Melba Pattillo Beals (1994)

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In 1954 The Supreme Court Ruling Brown v. Board of Education made it law that non white people were indeed equal in ability to attend public school. Melba Patillo Turned sixteen in 1957. She and eight others were the first to test the Supreme court ruling.

They did so at the very expense of their lives. When they carefully walked up the steps of Little Rock Central High School. With the assistance of military guards who were not on the side of the Lille Rock Nine, but they had a job to do.

The year began and ended in hell. Melba was taunted and called "nigger" many times every day. She was told she stank. She was spit upon. Someone threw acid at her face. There always was the threat of a rope that the students told her would fit around her neck.

All to soon the nine black students realized they truly were alone. When reports of the terror they experienced, they were told to not make a big deal of it!

Page after page, Melba tells of the daily horror. They were not wanted, and they were going to pay for their upittyness! ( )
  Whisper1 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Before MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Melba Pattillo Beals and eight of her friends became iconically linked to the Civil Rights Movement. They worked to dismantle Jim Crow in the South as they de-segregated and integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in the 1954 Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.

Her unwavering courage through the ridicule and threats she received make her one of the bravest unknown heroes of our time. Warriors Don’t Cry is a story of bravery and possibilities.

Review from: The Write of Your Life. A List of Books About Racism.
  stlukeschurch | Mar 8, 2021 |
"A profoundly uplifting -- and also a profoundly depressing -- account of the integration of Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Forty years ago, when the US Supreme Court declared that school segregation was unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, Beals was a schoolgirl in Little Rock. She knew that the good school in Little Rock, the one that would prepare her best for college, was Central High, and she wanted to be in the first group of black teenagers to integrate the school. Not everyone in her family or in the black population of the city supported her dream, fearing that such boat-rocking would bring a reign of violence. This memoir, based heavily on Beals's schoolgirl diary and her English-teacher mother's notes, explains how the 15-year-old decided to integrate Central High with eight classmates and what happened as a result of that decision. Beals's narrative is uplifting because she survived the ordeal, went on to college at San Francisco State University and Columbia University, worked as a reporter for NBC, and returned to Little Rock in 1987 to be greeted by then-governor Bill Clinton and a black Central High student-body president. The tale is depressing because unrelenting violence permeates every page, making a reader wonder (not for the first time, sadly) how human beings can harbor so much hatred. The violence jumps out of every paragraph for entire chapters -- violence begat by Beals's white classmates, their parents, Little Rock rednecks with no connection to Central High, even the school's teachers. Arkansas governor Orval Faubus tacitly, and sometimes overtly, encouraged the violence. The goal was to drive the nine black students away from Central High before they could graduate. President Eisenhower responded by calling in federal troops to enforce the law, turning Central High into an armed battleground. The sense of immediacy in Beais's well-crafted account makes the events seem like they happened yesterday." A Kirkus starred review, www.kirkusreviews.com
  CDJLibrary | Jan 28, 2021 |
After a tour of Central High School in Little Rock, I was inspired to pick up this book. I read the Young Readers Edition. I don't know how the Little Rock nine made it through the year. To take on that mantle in the face of such determined hatred and harassment and find the strength to go to school day after day during the 1957-1958 school year, it's amazing. ( )
  ewyatt | Mar 3, 2020 |
Brilliant. I literally stayed up all night reading it. ( )
  KeithKron | Jul 6, 2019 |
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I dedicate this book to the eight brave and gentle warriors with whom I attended Central High School in 1957:

Elizabeth Eckford
Ernest Green
Gloria Ray Karlmark
Carlotta Walls LaNier
Minnijean Brown Trickey
Terrence Roberts
Jefferson Thomas
Thelma Mothershed Wair

and to our mothers, fathers, and family members who supported us through this incredible experience
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Some people call me a heroine because I was one of nine black teenagers who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. (Author's Note)
The stone steps are slippery with morning drizzle as we begin the tedious climb up to the front door of Central High School. (Introduction: Little Rock Warriors Thirty Years Later)
In 1957, while most teenage girls were listening to Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue," watching Elvis gyrate, and collecting crinoline slips, I was escaping the hanging rope of a lynch mob, dodging lighted sticks of dynamite, and washing away burning acid sprayed into my eyes.
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Black folks aren't born expecting segregation, prepared from day one to follow its confining rules.  Nobody presents you with a handbook when you're teething and says, "Here's how you must behave as a second-class citizen."   Instead, the humiliating experiences creep over you, slowing stealing a teaspoonful of your self-esteem each day.  (Chap.2)
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The landmark 1954 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 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard-opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order. For Melba Beals and her eight friends those steps marked their transformation into reluctant warriors-on a battlefield that helped shape the civil rights movement.Warriors Don't Cry, drawn from Melba Beals's personal diaries, is a riveting true account of her junior year at Central High-one filled with telephone threats, brigades of attacking mothers, rogue police, fireball and acid-throwing attacks, economic blackmail, and, finally, a price upon Melba's head. With the help of her English-teacher mother; her eight fellow warriors; and her gun-toting, Bible-and-Shakespeare-loving grandmother, Melba survived. And, incredibly, from a year that would hold no sweet-sixteen parties or school plays, Melba Beals emerged with indestructible faith, courage, strength, and hope.

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