An innocent teenager and unexpected hero is the best way to describe Melba who was a 16 year old teenager who dared to be a risk-taker and forever changed Arkansas and the United States. All Melba wanted in life was an education. Melba wanted to go to an all white school named Central High. She would be the first to integrate an all white school along with eight other African American children. Melba made a change in her community. She was a upstander because she was willing to integrate an all white school and fought for her rights to be able to have an education like every child should. She did this because she was an upstander and to make a positive change not only for herself and others. Melba fought and was an upstander because it
Melba Pattillo Beals is a young colored girl who her and a group of friends called "LR9" go to an all white high school called "Central High". Melba with her skin color different, gets a rough life through the process. She got bullied everyday walking up and down the hallways. She kept a diary and wrote down everything that happened each day. She would get advise and have conversations with her grandma.
During the story Warriors don't cry, Melba's life is inverted. Throughout the story , her tone changes as she goes through the ups and downs of Central High ; she uses imagery to show the cruelty the school and the challenges which was thrown upon her. By using certain words she brings her experience to life so the reader can understand what happened there, while she faces segregationists and their cruelty her voice changes in the story showing what this journey is doing to her. Before Central she felt less than she was less than a white person even though the only difference was their skin color, she believes this is true that white people are better then people of color until she visited family out of the south finding that it wasn't
This is what makes her a hero. Susan B. Anthony was brave for standing up for what she believed in. Anthony and her followers tried to break down the barrier that prevented women from voting in the 1872 presidential election. Later, she went to the voting office and demanded she had as much right to vote as any man. She threatened to sue and the officials let her vote.
She joined the fight to end the unfair and racist trial. The trial was taken to the Supreme Court in 1937, because it started to become a huge deal. Their lives were saved, but it took more than 20 years to get all the boys out of jail.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”- Harriet Tubman. One very important activist in our history was Cesar Chavez who, along with Harriet Tubman, stood up for human rights. Cesar Chavez wanted to change the fact that field workers were being mistreated, and they didn’t have their rights as a “normal person” would.
Harriet Tubman was and still is an inspiring woman because she made her dreams a reality. Tubman became a free women and went back to the south to save others. a quote “Tubman was on her way. She followed the North Star by night, making her way to Pennsylvania and soon after to Philadelphia, where she found work and saved her money… Tubman returned to the south again and again.” (African in America) Harriet Tubman was successful because she saved the lives of hundreds of slaves and did it secretly and successfully she did it without being caught because she made sure that she covered all her tracks, took different routes and moved quickly.
Melba shows a great amount of courage in her memoir. The first time she shows courage is when she signs her name on a special paper. "When my teacher asked if anyone lived within the Central High School district wanted to attend school with white people, I raised my hand. As I signed my name on the paper they passed around, I thought about all those times I 'd gone past Central High," (Beals 19). This quote demonstrates true courage because she knows how attending Central High may be a downfall for her and her family since she will have to confront the racial slurs of the caucasian population, costing them agony and energy.
When Rosa Parks got an arrest, it had started a resolution. When Rosa didn't get up from her seat for a white man, the driver called the police and arrested her. So at her court date, the African Americans had started a boycott. The Africans have to seat in the back of the bus in the colored section. Because Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man; she started a revolution and the fight for equal rights for black people.
Anne Moody was an african american girl born in Centreville Mississippi. Moody was the oldest of eight children in her family, this gave her a lot of responsibilities as she was growing up. She had to get a job at a very young age in order to provide a source of income for her single mother who had split up with her father. Despite all that she faced as she was growing up, Moody was a straight A student in school. She was a very bright young girl that always wanted to know a lot more about the things happening around her.
On September 3,1957 the nine brave African-American students approached Central High School and upon arrival the students saw clusters of men and women spanning two blocks long shouting hateful comments. Only after getting through the swarm of people blocking the entrance, the Little Rock Nine were denied entrance by the Arkansas National Guard. Three weeks and several threats later the students went back to Central High, this time with the help of the 101st Airborne Division and successfully got in. Strong, courageous, and determined were attributes of Melba when she integrated Central
Josephine Baker an amazing vocal opponent of segregation and discrimination, often initiating one-women protests against racial justice. She dealt with alot when she was younger from being burned out of her home to being so frightened and running away, she was beaten just for the things she continued to do and to say the things she said just because she didn't like the rules and laws of segregation. Josephine ran away multiple times but when she ran away to another country she could do anything she wanted she felt like she was equal to everyone. She was a person who not only just wanting to fight for blacks but for all she wanted to do anything with all races all color because she felt like we all was put on this earth and we all suppose
She did not just let it go and move on; she fought back. Melba found ways to get back at the kids that hurt her. Another moment of resourcefulness happens after explaining to General Clinger that his soldiers are not helping the nine when she says, “I could take care of myself and speak up to white folks, even if my mother and father sometimes feared doing so” (Beals 171). Melba is shown to be someone that does not just let herself be walked over.
“They sought Confederate outposts and destroyed stockpiles of cotton, food, and weapons, and liberated over 700 slaves”(Harriet Tubman summary”).Harriet changed the ways of abolishing slavery and segregation, Harriet Tubman was the bravest abolitionists there were(“Harriet Tubman”). Harriet has proven that we can overcome segregation. Thanks to Harriet Tubman, many people were lead to freedom and she has made a major impact in the fight of overcoming segregation. Harriet Tubman has an incredible will to help others and do what is right. Harriet also has determination and an incredible mindset to what she believes in.
Have you ever hear or read about these three articles called “ How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball “ , “ The Underground Railroad “ , and “ The Story of Ida B. Wells “ ? If you haven’t well you will hear about them right now . These stories are actually kinda inspiring. Jackie Robinson was known for changing baseball.
Ella Baker is often overlooked as a Civils Rights leader because she worked for organization with strong male leaders. Baker led by example and always advocated for equality. She pushed for inclusion of all people in the civil rights movement, encouraged others to join the movement, and treated others with respect and appreciation. Ella Baker played a prominent role in the fight for