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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by Melba Pattillo Beals
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"The author was one of the Little Rock Nine, the African-American children who were chosen to integrate Central High School for the 1957-58 school year. The book's title is not an exaggeration. The students attended school that year, but a more accurate word would be that they survived it. Narrator Lisa Renee Pitts takes an earnest approach to the book, imbuing it with the weightiness that a historical event requires. It's clear that Pitts has vocal training in her background as some of her pronunciations have a decidedly upper-crust sound. She also enunciates every syllable. Her delivery allows us to follow the story, but it also gives her reading a somewhat choppy feel. Pitts does bring passion to the story and makes us feel the immediacy of Beals's experience. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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