In her memoir Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals describes her experiences as she became one of the first nine black students educated in an integrated white school. She and her friends, who became known as the “Little Rock Nine”, elicited both support and criticism from their family members, friends, community members, military troops, in addition to the President of the United States. Melba’s experiences, while heartbreaking and sobering, highlight the strength to overcome that individuals can have over a system intent on keeping them down. Throughout her experience, Melba’s views and attitudes changed quite a bit. When she first volunteered to be one of the first black students who would attend Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, Melba was full of excitement.
When they first got to that school over 500 angry parents and students surrounded Elizabeth and called her all types of hurtful , ugly names. But when Elizabeth got to a certain point of the school , People were comforting her so nobody want hurt her and do harm to her. The next day it was all over the news. But the group from Little Rock Nine never gave up until they had the right to go to a white school. By 1957, African-Americans had been fighting for equal rights for several generations.
This was a major turning point for blacks all across the United States and opened the way for other blacks to begin attending white schools. Melba managed to survive her days at Central High School and wrote about her extraordinary "battles" and experiences in her autobiography, Warriors Don't Cry. Melba began her story with her childhood in Little Rock, Arkansas. She lived with her mother, grandma, and brother in a strict and religious household. Her family had come to accept the fact that they would always be mistreated because of their color.
The book “Elizabeth and Hazel” by David Margolick had portray Elizabeth Eckfords as a brave and courageous character throughout the story. She was one of the nine black teenagers attending Little Rock Central high school. She knew that attending a white school would be a challenge, white people being racists such as mocking her, however she still decide attending
Her parents argued about it and prayed about it. Eventually her mother convinced her father that despite the risks, they had to take this step forward, not just for their own children, but for all black children. A federal judge stated that Monday, November 14, 1960 would be the day black children in New Orleans would go to school with white children. There were six black children chosen to integrate the city's public school system. Two of them decided to stay in their old schools, but other three were assigned to McDonough.
They took the case to the Supreme Court against the board of education in Topeka. This case was to improve education in the south of America by making segregated school illegal. They won and black children were able to get a better education. A few years after the segregated schools were made illegal, nine black Americans decided to attend a high school called Little Rock, there was trouble Little rock’s white citizens and a group called the Mothers’ league of Little Rock Central High school started to protested against the nine pupils joining the high school. The Governor of Arkansas, Orval E. Faubus refused to let the nine pupils from entering the school and called the National Guard to keep them out.
Also receiving Eleanor Roosevelt Woman of Courage Award. On October 24, 2005, after nearly seventy years of activism, Rosa Parks died in her home in Detroit at the age of ninety two. Rosa became tired of waiting for the world to change on its own, or was afraid that it will never change, so she revolted against the unfair prejudice laws and has successfully made African-Americans equal and inspired many to stand up for justice. When faced with a situation where wrong and hurtful things are being done, people should follow Rosa Park’s remarkable example and not be afraid to say or do something to stop them from happening, no matter who they are. Rosa Parks has shown marvelously, anyone can be a hero.
Beals faced angry, white, mobs discriminating against her, day by day, but still managed to find the courage to go to school everyday, thus making her a worthy hero in our society and in history. Melba Beals was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on Pearl Harbor Day, which was December 7, 1941. She had a wonderful family until seven years old, when her parents divorced ("Melba Patillo Beals"1). Her mother and grandmother were both wise women, who had a major impact on her all throughout her life. Her mother was an English teacher, and one of the first black students to integrate at the University of Arkansas.
When the time came for Mrs. Jones to hand back a te... ... middle of paper ... ...hings, including humanities class. My feelings towards her are similar to these of Zawodniak. I almost never wanted to try hard in her class, because I know that I can’t succeed in it. She makes me feel stupid a lot, which is the wrong way to act to a student. Her rude comments, laughing, and grading methods make me, as well as my other students, feel discouraged.
They all had pass the test to attend William Frantz Elementary school but ruby end up being the only one to attend. Two others of the 6 black students went back to their old school and the other three chose to transfer to another school, leaving ruby to attend by herself. Ruby mother Lucille felt very strongly about her choice to send her daughter off to William Frantz Elementary. She felt it was a great opportunity for better education for her daughter and that it was the first step for all black African American’s children, November 14, 1960 Ruby Bridges first day of school. She was surrounded by officers and her mother on her way to school.