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warriors dont cry





The Brown vs. Board of Education Doctrine states, “ We conclude in the field of
Education the doctrine of “ separate but equal” has no place separate
educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold the plaintiffs and
others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the
segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the
Fourteenth Amendment. THIS REQUIRED THE DESEGREGATION OF SCHOOLS ACROSS AMERICA.

Melba Patillo Beal's was one of the nine students that were chosen to intragate Central
High School in 1957. She kept a diary of all her thoughts while intragation was being
carried out. Almost forty years after the fact she decided to tell her story by writing
the book Warrior’s Don’t Cry. Melba Beals gives us a history lesson and as
true a story of coming age in America at a certain time and place as one could hope to
find.

The title Warrior’s Don’t Cry came from her grandmother’s saying to her,
“ Everybody’s a warrior on the battlefield for the Lord”, and she used
to sing a song, “ I’m on the battlefield for my Lord”. And so it comes
from that, from her singing, and from her experience she had with the 101st Airborne, the
soldiers who were warrior’s, who came down to guard the nine of them when they were
going to school at Central High School.

The setting was Little Rock, Arkansas, Central High School. 1957 was the year; it was like
a major bastion of white segregation in the South because it was ranked among the top high
schools in the country. And it was where the elite children of Little Rock attended
school. And it was, one believes, the last place they would have wanted black children
come. And in order to stay there, get there, and be there, President Eisenhower, indeed
intimately had to send soldiers- warriors. September of 1957, we’re really talking
about the whole period because in 1954 Brown vs. board of education said, “ Separate
is not equal”, and thus began this whole event of the south to integrate, and not to
integrate, and this whole almost warring like environment or atmosphere- where in most
cases white people said, “ NO, we’re not going to integrate. We don’t
care what the Supreme Court says”. And federal court judges said, “ Yes, you
will integrate”. And so then everybody said, “Well how can we do it with as
little as possible? How can we stingily integrate?” And that is what they did in
Little Rock. They stingily agreed to integrate.

The main theme of the book was racial tension. The white folks treated the black folks
like they were dirt. Even older white folks treated the younger black children like dirt.
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