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Warriors Don't Cry : The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
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An innocent teenager.An unexpected hero.In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling,Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.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. This is her remarkable story.
The author describes the threats and emotional abuse she endured from white student and adults along with her fears of endangering her family as she commited to being one of the first African American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.
Number of Pages: 2268
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Age Range: Teen
Author: Melba Pattillo Beals
Street Date: July 1, 2007
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-6503