1) Melba Patillo- “Nobody presents you with a handbook when your teething and says ‘Here’s how you must behave as a second class citizen.’ Instead, the humiliating expectations and traditions of segregation creep over you slowly stealing a teaspoonful of your self esteem each day.” (Page 3) 2) Grandma- “… Be patient, our people’s turn will come. You’ll see. Your lifetime will be different from mine. I might not live to see the changes, but you will…oh yes my child, you will” (page 10) 3) Melba Patillo- “I felt such a surge of pride when I thought about how my people had banded together to force a change. It gave me hope that maybe things in Little Rock could change.” (Page 20) 4) Mama Louis.-“‘A lot has changed in the two years since you signed up to go to Central. You were younger than,’ Mother said with a frown on her face. ‘Maybe it was a hasty decision- a decision we’ll all regret.”(Page 32) 5) Grandma- “…You’re a warrior on the battle field for your lord. God’s warriors don’t cry, ‘cause they trust that he’s always by their side. The women of this family don’t break down in the face of trouble. We act with courage, and with God’s help, we ship trouble right out.” (page 44) 6) Melba Patillo- “Freedom is not integration …. Freedom is being able to go with Grandma to the wrestling matches.” (Page 52)
7) Melba Patillo- “Pride welled inside me, and for the first time, I knew that working for integration was the right thing for me to be doing” (Page 57)
8) Melba Patillo- “‘I’m proud of who I am. My color is inconvenient right now, but it won’t always be like this.’ I’d said what I felt, despite the fear that it would be considered talking back to an adult.” ( Page 105)
9) Melba Patillo- “This is going to work. It will take a lot more patience and more strength from me, But it’s going to work. It takes more time than I thought. But we’re going to have integration in Little Rock.” (Page 117)
10) Melba Patillo- “I look back on my Little Rock integration experience as ultimately a positive force that shaped the course of my life. As grandma India promised, it taught me to have courage and patience. My Central High School experience also taught me that we are not separate. The effort to separate ourselves either by race, creed, color, religion, or status is as costly to the separator as to those who would be separated. (Page 222)
Melba Patillo Beals: Warriors Don’t Cry
1st person journal entries
Today after months of harassing nigger Melba, I almost had my chance to finally end her. I was walking away from the playing field with my friends and I spotted her a block away. I started to yell out her name and rushed to her. I knew I had her because she couldn’t escape. If she started to run, I would catch up to her. I was hoping she would run just so that I can hurt her even more worst than I had planned to. Link already had her but then she drove away in a car that looked exactly like Link’s. As the engine turned on, I tried my best to get in. All my friends were trying to get in through the passenger door and I ran alongside the car with my hands on the door handle. Eventually as she started to speed up, I had no choice but to let go. She had escaped once again. I can’t wait to get my hands on her again and stop this integration in MY high school, to stop all the “Thank you” she would say, to stop making us look like the bad guys.
I swear Andy is going to kill one of these people. Today I saved a girl named Melba from one of his plans. I already saw Andy when he was a block away and by seeing Melba’s face, I knew she saw him as well. She was very scared. I mean, who wouldn’t be? If someone is running towards you calling you a nigger, threatening you, I’m sure everyone would react the same way. I knew how far Andy would go and I was not about to...