Blaise’s April Recommendation

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals

warriorsdontcryBlaise says: “My recommendation is Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals.  Ms. Beals was one of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African American students that integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.  Warriors Don’t Cry is her story from that year.  Most everyone has at some point seen the iconic images from the first day the Little Rock Nine tried to attend school, a young African American student followed by an angry mob;  Arkansas National Guard troops barring entry.  But Beals takes you beyond that first day, as she recounts the constant physical and mental abuse, with their lives constantly in danger, that she and her African American peers endured during the 1957 school year.  Ultimately Beals strong faith in God (nurtured by a loving and supportive grandmother) helped give her the strength to make it through the school year.  It’s really an incredible story, what the Little Rock Nine did, and I have the utmost respect and admiration for Beals and her peers for their strength and courage.”

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