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Book: Warriors Don't Cry

Author Melba Pattillo Beals was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine high school students who, in 1957, integrated Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas as a result of Brown vs. Board of Education.  Brown vs. Board of Education was the 1954 landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.  The author documents her year attending the school and the abuse she and the other eight black students endured. Author Beals also wrote an abridged version of her book, also titled Warriors Don’t Cry, for middle and high school students. 

- ALA Notable Book for 1995
- Winner of 1995 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
- American Library Association Award, 1995 Nonfiction Book of the Year