Role Of Ignorance In Melba Pattillo Beals 'Warriors Don' T Cry

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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.

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