Warriors Don't Cry - Melba Pattillo Beals

Warriors Don't Cry

By Melba Pattillo Beals

  • Release Date: 2014-04-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 300 Ratings


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.


  • Bad

    By Book Worm 🐛
    I was given this book to read in the summer. I didn’t understand the book at all and ended up reading another book instead.574 pages? Really?? It should not be the long and in was very boring in general. I do not recommend reading it. You will be probably lost in the wild array of words that are in here. Very confusing. Thank you for reading my review.
  • A great book to learn about the past!😀

    By WhisperingWindWolf
    This book is a very interesting book to read. I love how it tells you the past from the person who experienced this time in American History! I would recommend this book to teach American History.😀😉😀
  • Everyone need to read it

    By RD24....!(:
    I pick this book for a book review I have to do and all I can say it is so inspirational. I don't know that I could have done what the 9 did, but I am so glad that God made a way for them to get though their time at the school.
  • Unabridged Version Yay!

    By Ashleyisla
    I was very happy to see read the original uncut version of the book here I needed it for a class essay and quiz. I really did enjoy this book it was amazing. Some parts I would say were very upsetting and cruel but I just can't believe what she went through I would definitely recommend this version of the book for 18 and over .
  • Must read

    By Smokeybella4
    This is a fantastic and must read book. It tells about the civil rights movement from the perspective of someone who was involved in it. This is a piece of American history that's everyone needs to know. Rate 10/10
  • Not that great.

    By Liv 9
    I would not recommend this book.
  • Awesome

    By 😘😘queen_angelia😘😘
    This is an awesome book very interesting . Touching to the heart . You should get this book not a waste of money
  • this is a stunning read

    By ofmiceandkellic33
    we had to read this book over the summer as our 10th grade reading assignment and i'm so glad that school finally picks a book that is worth reading.

    By Shockeyjade
    I love this book! It's so good and i can't put it down! I'm going to visit central high in May and I can't wait! Such a touching and moving book.
  • Love it

    By RLC329
    Forever a Favorite ❤️❤️❤️