In 1957, well before Martin Luther Kingâs âI Have a Dreamâ speech, Melba Pattillo Beals and eight other teenagers became iconic symbols for the Civil Rights Movement and the dismantling of Jim Crow in the American South as they integrated Little Rockâs Central High School in the wake of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education.
Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mobâs 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.
Warriors Donât Cry is, at times, a difficult but necessary reminder of the valuable lessons we can learn from our nationâs past. It is a story of courage and the bravery of a handful of young, black students who used their voices to influence change during a turbulent time.
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