October 5, 2010
Warrior’s Don’t Cry Book Review
Warriors Don’t Cry is a gripping journal of Melba Pattillo Beal’s life during the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. I really enjoyed this book. It allowed me a glimpse of experiences that I will never be able to relate to. I was able to feel compassion for Melba and really care about the difficulties she faced in life. She desired equality and she volunteered to be one of the very first black students to be integrated into an entirely white high school. But she was unaware of the difficulties to come. This heart wrenching experience helped Melba develop courage and patience. She is a historical figure, without her and the other 8 of the Little Rock Nine, segregation could possibly still exist in society today. The strength that the Little Rock Nine displayed was a result of the discrimination they faced on a daily basis.
Melba makes it clear that she believes that all humans are equal. We are just human beings and the differences that we all have should be respected, “ If my Central High School experience taught me one lesson, it is that we are not separate. The task that remains is- to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and to respect and honor our differences (Beal’s 312).” This quote from the book really stuck with me. I believe that differences in people are what make them special and unique. If everyone looked the same, dressed the same and held all the same beliefs and values what a boring world we would live in.
This memoir deals with civic participation, civil rights, justice and racism in a time in American society when segregation was in full force. The story makes the historical events realistic and relatable. The idea of segregation, the feelings of injustice and racism were all aspects of society that I will never get to experience. This book really brought me into the world of a young black teen in a segregated world. I felt...
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