Imagine getting up everyday before high school and preparing for war. For Melba Pattillo Beals this fear was a scary reality. In the beginning of “Warriors Don 't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock 's Central High” by Melba Pattillo Beals, she begins talking about what it’s like to come back to the haunted racist halls of Little Rock Central High School. This was a time when civil rights was a major issue and the color separation between white and black was about to be broken. Melba and nine other students entered Central High School becoming the first African American students to go to an all white school.
Throughout the book Warriors Don’t Cry Melba Pattillo Beals has to deal with unruly racism and ignorance in order to integrate to Central High School. But even with the hateful comments and actions she keeps her head held high, and though it may fall sometimes her family and friends are there to keep her motivated. In chapter 4 Grandma India testifies to Melba after she cries because she is not able to go to the wrestling match, due to the fear that someone would recognize her, “ You’re a warrior on the battlefield for your lord.” (44). Melba takes her grandmother’s words far in her on going battle with bigotry, racism, segregation, and injustice. It pushes her to exert a great amount of courage, determination, and faith.
Melba Pattillo Beals wrote Warriors Don’t Cry as a memoir of her battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High. The nonfictional story focuses on the life of Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the nine teenagers chosen to integrate central high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. Being threatened and harassed by her school mates while her own community ignore her during her attempt to bring equality in Arkansas is heartbreaking as her remarkable story is displayed in this book. There are lots of literary elements used to create this memoir as they help the writing spring to life. Some of them are: first point of view, conflict, plot, theme, symbolism etc.
When African-American leader and activist Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, third-grade teacher Jane Elliott knew she had to do something to adequately communicate the severity of racism to her students from the all-white, all-Christian rural town of Riceville, Iowa (“California Newsreel”). Deciding to give her class the opportunity to experience the discrimination that blacks go through based on the arbitrary trait of skin color, Elliott set up an exercise in which she discriminated based on another arbitrary trait, eye color. On one day, she treated her blue-eyed students as superior and her brown-eyed students as inferior, citing false evidence to support her discrimination; on the next day, she reversed the roles, using new evidence that brown-eyed people are superior to justify her change. The sharp contrast in the students’ attitudes and behavior between the two days, along with the students’ deeper understanding of the negative effects of discrimination, showed Elliott that her exercise was an effective tool to combat racism and encourage empathy for discriminated minorities. Elliott continued to conduct her “Blue Eyed” exercise in Riceville and later became the pioneer of workplace diversity training when she expanded it into a workshop for business employees.
Anne Moody in her book “Coming of Age in Mississippi” recounts growing up within the Jim Crow’s law south where she was involved in a Civil Rights movement as a young adult. While reading this book we get to check her first-hand thoughts and recollections of the struggle while growing up encircled by racial discrimination that existed in the society and the difficulty one had to go through to fight it. The book includes a personal touch pertaining to instances from Anne’s life. Her parents got divorced early and she or he stayed along with her father and her new mother. The new mother had a decent influence on Anne.
They were both gender non-conforming living in a city that is not known for acceptance of black people let alone gender non-conforming boys being raised by a single mom trying to do what’s best for them, all the while having the school tell Laverne’s mom that she shouldn’t let Laverne play in girl’s clothes. Everyone from her mom, teachers and other kids in school where “policing” her gender. She was bullied and harassed in school past college and on the streets of New York city. Being bullied or harassed is a horrible problem that transgendered people must deal with almost daily. Having to deal with bullies and harassment is not something new but often the discomfort and depression people feel from those hardships can lead to self-harm.
They affected their country and their lives because they inspired many people, faced life changing experiences, and made an achievement for their own country. Melba Pattillo Beals, an African American women, helped improving education for other African American kids. In paragraph 18, it states, “Step by step we climbed upward-where none of my people had ever before walked as a student. We stepped up the front door of Central High School and crossed the threshold into that place where angry segregationist mobs had forbidden us to go.” This quote explains that she was one of the first African American to go to the segregated school by protection of the “fifty uniformed soldiers of the 101st”. I know that she was protected by the soldiers because In paragraph 14, it states, “...their rifles with bayonets pointed straight ahead.
Have you ever just been so fed up with life and just wanted to give up so that you won't have to deal with your problems anymore? Life just seems to be overwhelming. In the book Lessons Learned, I can connect and relate to the main character. I see similar hardships that the character and I have been through. In the novel, Keyshia goes through several problems such as not seeing eye to eye with her mother, being abandoned by her mom throughout her whole 15 years and not knowing her dad until the age 16, and her younger brother Mike being with a dangerous girl.
The thought of bringing posters home for their daughter caused so much fear and worriedness in Marji’s parents lives because the government forbids any westernized life and the posters contained a western band on them. Therefore, Satrapi clearly showed their emotion through facial expressions. This is significant to the main purpose of the chapter because even though we can clearly interoperate that they are fearful and worried for their lives, they still tried to smuggle the posters over the boarder despite the government’s oppressive law not
His father then moved to Mexico because of all the racism that was being directed towards the African Americans during that time. James was raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen years old .She would often tell him stories that would make him feel proud to be an African American. It was during this time that James started to feel close to his heritage and it made him feel like he was a part of something. Then he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her new husband. It was in Illinois that Hughes started to write poetry.
"Three years later, when Grandma discovered I would be one of the first blacks to attend Central High School, she said the nightmare that had surrounded my birth was proof positive that destiny had assigned me a special Task." - Melba Pattillo Beals. This book is an autobiography about Melba who was one of the "Little Rock Nine" who integrated the all white Central High School. Melba wanted to prove that whites didn 't have charge over her, that she was free. However, this isn 't easy; Melba and the rest of her friends are being threaten from phone calls and letters to brutally attacks.
African-American, a word that hardly escaped my fellow students mouths, they 'd much rather call me a "Nigger" and a "slave" than anything else. Racism wasn 't only encountering me at school, but was happening when I "hit the town" people looked at me differently, the braced themselves when I came by. It hurt, it hurt a lot, more than you can imagine. Finally I arrived to my house, walking up the steps, I was greeted by my mother yelling "Oh Cavonté, thank god you 're safe, we tried to call you, something 's going on!" What she said alarmed me, I then a concerned look wiped across my face.
African Americans all had fear in their eyes everyday from the time they woke up till the time they would fall asleep. Being a person of color they knew anything could happen to them at any time. African Americans feared death, incarceration and lynching all because the color of their skin. For instance, “Explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park ...when she is told that Funtown is closed for colored children…developing an unconscious bitterness towards white people” (King 224). Though this six year old might not fully understand why she can’t go to Funtown, she doesn’t realize as much as her parents would want to take her there they cant, only because her parents fear that