Warrior Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals

The First Draft of Anything


I’m minoring in History and this semester I’m taking a class called U.S. Post 1945. This was one of the books I had to read for this class. After reading this memoir, I feel I have a much better understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and what it was like to live through it. Honestly, everyone would benefit from reading this girl’s story.

Rating: [4/5]

Reading Challenge: A memoir

Summary: In 1957, Melba Patillo was one of the teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock Central High School. Her story, enriched by diary entries, newspaper clippings, and accounts from her family and friends, tells about the racism and prejudices she faced on a daily basis. Despite the atrocities done to her by students and parents alike, she never backed down, even when quitting would have been easier.

Likes: I love how this book gave me a new perspective. It’s one thing…

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