Warriors Don't Cry

Warriors Don't Cry

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by Melba Pattillo Beals

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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


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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Melba Pattillo Beals earned a bachelor's degree from San Franciso State University and a graduate degree from Columbia University and worked as a reporter for NBC. Warriors Don't Cry was an ALA Notable Book for 1995 and won the 1995 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award.

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Warriors Don't Cry 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
This book spoke to me to never give up. That i can make a change even at a young age. I think the authors purpose and reason for writing the book was to show teens and children that we can all make a difference no matter how old or young we are or color and race cause at the end were all on the same planet and same world.I think the author was communicating that we can all are diverse and different and that what makes us and that were all here together. What i learned from the book is that i can make a change no matter what race, short,tall, i am cause when we come together as one world we can all make a difference and make a change. I would recommend this book because it is very powerful and inspiring to me and hopefully to do the same with others .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all students. It was a powerful and uplifting story and everyone should be aware of what people had to endure and the sacrifices people made for humanity. This book is good for middle school students to the retired. We should all feel the reality of what happened.
GeorgiaPorgia More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! It is good for anyone 12 and over, though I read it at age 9. Melba Pattillo Beals dealt with the horrors of segregation since birth, when her mother was denied help from white doctors and nurses. I personally believe, as did her family, that God spared Melba. At age five, she was vindictively denied entrance to a merry go round. At age twelve, a crazy white racist guy tried to rape her. However, she was determined that she could be able to integrate so she signed up for a integration program. Her name was broadcast over the radio. Over the year at high school, melba dealt with death threats and other things. However, she trusted in God, which I personally believe saved her. I recommend this to anyone who has lost faith in God.
Iloveyounickj More than 1 year ago
This book is a memoir on the inspiring journey of Melba Pattillo Beals and the rest of the "Little Rock Nine" as they fought to survive as the first African American students to attend an all white school (Central High) in Little Rock, Arkansas. This book is very intense and completely full of courage. Its very inspiring, which is one main reason I enjoyed it so much. I very much loved reading about the student's incredible fight for freedom and loved capturing their feelings from their experiences with dealing with the unfair circumstances they faced because of the color of their skin. Their journey was definitely a rough one, what they had to go through was unbelievable. Their attitudes were mostly positive, as they tried to keep their heads up and ignore all the prejudice and the heartless remarks. Somehow they survived and succeeded and changed the lives of every African American in the 1950s. This is one of my favorite books ever. It was so suspenseful and full of brave and heroic individuals that I respect so much. I was so involved in this book and would love to read another exactly like it. I am so glad I took the opportunity to relive the crazy live's of the Little Rock Nine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells what people had to go through so that we could all have the same education. This book was so touching and an eye opener for the young people who think that have it hard in life....they have no idea what these people went through that we didnt have to do. All young people should read this book no matter the race. Very good book!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book puts you into the real shoes of 16 year old Melba Patillio. This is a great book that i recommened to everyone....especially to anyone who likes friendships, trust, and civil rights. READ THIS BOOK
Guest More than 1 year ago
Melba was one of the Little Rock Nine, the first nine children to integrate Little Rock's Central High. This non- fiction book written by Melba Beals herslef, shows the integrationists' hope and the segragationists' hatred. It shows how awful people really can be, but also how nice and helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fabolous book about nine warriors who attended a crazy racism school. These kids are heroes for doing the right thing wich was not fighting back but fighting for their education. Cuz i probaly would have been killed, going through the harsh and painful stuff they went through from their own school mates.Think god for the little of the right-minded white people who attended their school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book 2 years ago but feel like it was yesterday. It has so much detail about this era you feel like your right there with the characters!!! I felt all her emotions because the book explained them so well!!!! I highly recommend to all preetens, teens and even adults. This story really touches you!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the greatest books ever published.In school we are talking about the civil right movement and it made me remember your book.Last year in the eight grade we has something called AR points and your book wasnt even on the ar list. i proteseted but we couldnt get it on ar.I still read it though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the midst of a difficult divorce I was led to read this book. Melba Beals struggles to integrate Little Rock High School were unimaginable. It humbled me in my seemingly bleak circumstances to read what she endured to simply learn to read, write and learn arithametic. I admire the courage of this young women. I admire her diligence to keep going to school in spite of the fact that her very life was in danger. In 1957 the world was not a good place for a black person to live. As a white, protestant woman, I now look at every person of color with more reverance and am more conscience of my own "inner racism" that we must irradicate in thought.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When our teacher assigned us to read up to chapter 4 in this book over the weekend, I thought this it was gonna be corny but instead of reading only 4 chapters i finished the book over the weekend! The story tells in vivid details what Melba and the other little rock children had to go through just to intergrate the school. It was torcher for them but she stayed strong and continued to live. I dunno where she got the strength from but this is a MUST read because it teaches an important part of history in the words and mind of a child
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It is very educational. Even though I was forced to read it for an English paper, I am glad I did. I leard a lot from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a touching story written by one of the 'Little Rock Nine'. Melba Pattillo Beals expresses her thoughts through out the integration. She talks about how she was almost raped, how people spit and kicked at her, and how people tortured her. A wonderful security guard named Danny tells her one day that 'warriors don't cry'. She marries a white man that reminds her of him. Follow Melba through out the good times and hard ships of the 'Little Rock Nine'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book it inspired me to be couragous and i recommend it to anyone who is facing a challenge!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down, a page turner.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because this book was very well written and the story line was easy to follow. I say this because every page, the author clearly shows what's happening and goes into detail with every little thing that is happening throughout the story. The author has very vivid and clear explanations of what's happening. It is a great plot and the book is very enjoyable to read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a great insight of a remarkable character named Melba and gives you an inside look of being one of the nine black students chosen to integrate in a school of over 2,000 white students! It shows the  life and the time during the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Melba kept me reading the book with her great and interesting details. I have sympathy for her and her struggles because now I see the struggles of a black person, especially of a black woman. Her inspirational story is one of a kind and opened my eyes to the extreme hardships that African-Americans had  to face to get where they are today. She invites you to see the circumstances through her perspective. Melba volunteered to be one of the first black students to integrate to the all white high school. She hoped to show white students that blacks were their equals but she didn’t know the battle that she would face.The graphic details make her story come alive. Along with her eight companions, she lost her adolescent innocence when she was threatened with lynching, spit upon, and physically abused by white students, their parents, and the mob that gathered daily outside the high school. The harassment continued with telephone threats and gunshots at her home. The teenagers were devastated by their isolation from their peers and deprived of a normal school experience. I loved the fact that the story ends with a 30 year reunion with all the students at their alma mater. Each student has gone on to accomplish great things and have continued their education and forward movement in personal and professional growth. It really is a true inspiring book and without Melba and the others; America might not be the same it is today!
Cinthia Arias More than 1 year ago
the book has a great story line but i felt it to be boring even after only reading 2 chapters..... but with my background knowledge i almost already knew the outcome. so it felt boring and a bit hard to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was required to read this book for my 8th grade class during the summer and at first I thought this book was going to be boring but as I was reading the first pages I knew it was going to be interesting. This is a true story about this 15 year old girl who was one of the first to integrate a "white people only" high school. There are parts that are really action packed that make you want to keep on reading. The part that I enjoyed from this book is that it shows you to never give up and to have faith in god even if you're in a terrible situation. Read this book it's AMAZING!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the heck
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bill Nye the science guy supported Jim Crow laws... Hes a racist