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Summer Reading 2020: ◦ Warriors Don't Cry

Here's why John chose Warriors Don't Cry...

This is an intimate and harrowing Civil Rights Movement memoir by one of the nine students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, AR. She chronicles her daily experiences, sacrifices, victories, and sources of inspiration as she fought for racial justice as a high school student. This book had a big impact on me -- deepening my awe for the strength and courage of the Little Rock Nine, raising the bar for my own activism, and reminding me of the power that youth can have in making change.

About the book

Warriors Don't Cry
by Melba Pattillo Beals

undefinedIn this compelling autobiographical account by one of the Civil Rights Movement's most powerful figures, Beals explores not only the power of racism but also the ideas of justice and identity.  In 1957, well before Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” 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 Rock’s Central High School in the wake of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of EducationThroughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s 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 Don't Cry is, at times, a difficult but necessary reminder of the valuable lessons we can learn from our nation’s 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. --Simon and Schuster


Beals...tells an incredible story of faith, family love, friendships, and strong personal commitment. ---School Library Journal

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  John Warren, Theater Director

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