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February 18
Melba and the Little Rock Nine were awarded the NASS 2017 Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for political courage, the Association’s highest honor.


Two new memoirs from civil rights leader and best selling author of Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals
March Forward, Girl — from young warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals
I Will Not Fear — My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith under Fire by Melba Pattillo Beals“It’s a no-holds-barred reflection of the physical and psychological toll that prejudice, discrimination, and hate take on a young.”
— Publishers’ Weekly review of March Forward, Girl by Melba Pattillo Beals

For middle school to adult readers
Recipient of a Publishers Weekly “Star” Review
*March Forward Girl by Melba Pattillo Beals

Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a “whites only” fountain? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home—or even within the walls of church? Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Melba had the heart of a fighter—and the knowledge that her true place was a free one. More


For adult readers
I Will Not Fear — My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith under Fire by Melba Pattillo Beals

In 1957, Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

While her white schoolmates were planning their senior prom, Melba was facing the business end of a double-barreled shotgun, being threatened with lynching by rope-carrying tormentors, and learning how to outrun white supremacists who were ready to kill her rather than sit beside her in a classroom. More


Warriors Don’t Cry has sold over a million copies and been translated into more than 40 languages.

1957 was a tense year in the history of America’s Civil Rights movement. In Little Rock Arkansas, 9 African American teenagers were escorted to Central High School by armed National Guardsmen ordered to support the desegregation of the state’s public schools. Fifteen year old Melba Pattillo was one of them. Her participation in this watershed event is chronicled in her searing memoir “Warriors Don’t Cry.” After publication in 1994, “Warriors” rose to best seller status, and has become a beloved literature and social studies standard text in schools across the United States. 



“Riveting … monumentally important … a rare and eloquent behind-the-scenes look at the 1957 integration of Central High …”
— Patricia Holt, San Francisco Chronicle
“Melba Beals is a remarkable woman, her very survival an extraordinary feat. Her story is one that will touch you deeply, and keep you enthralled.”
— Danielle Steel


Melba Pattillo Beals portrait

In 1999, Congress awarded Dr. Beals and her Little Rock Nine companions the Congressional Gold Medal — the nation’s highest honor — for their contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals — witness, activist, journalist, educator and inspiration

Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals’ life is defined by her commitment to truth, social justice and equality for all. While she is best known as one of the Little Rock Nine, a select group of African American students who braved mobs, threats and physical attacks to integrate Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas in 1957, she has also had successful careers as both journalist and educator.

Dr. Beals is available for speaking engagements, panel conversations, lectures and consulting on communications, multiculturalism and diversity. She has delivered inspiring talks for corporations, universities, civic organizations, middle schools and high schools across the country.
Contact Dr. Beals.

“To say I was profoundly moved and touched by Dr. Beals presentation is an understatement.  Her words of insight, survival, wisdom, persistence, and fighting for social justice in spite of adversarial circumstances, even as a high school student in a racially segregated community, resonated volumes of inspiration for each of us to continue moving forward with our systemic focus to promote equity and access to an academic rigorous learning opportunity for every student.” — Odie Douglas, Superintendent of Education Services, Pleasanton Unified School District