Warriors don't cry & Far from the tree

Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.

Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob's rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.

This is her remarkable story.

Chosen by: Julie

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

Solomon’s startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.

Book Chosen by: Karen T


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  • Julie A. B.

    Just as a side note to the conversation we had: I spoke to my uncle who is a court judge from Delaware - I asked him if there were any constitutional issues with Brown vs. Board of Ed. He said he wasn't aware of any, though there were some regarding the Civil Rights Act. He said though it was good, the use of forcing it on private business was against the constitution.

    1 · March 31, 2013

    • Abdul

      Thanks for following up. I am curious to see how the supreme court deals with the next few cases in front of them.

      1 · March 31, 2013

  • Catherine

    Not feeling myself sorry

    March 26, 2013

  • Geri

    Sorry to cancel but I can't seem to shake this bronchitis.

    March 25, 2013

    • Abdul

      Hope you feel better soon. See you at another event.

      March 25, 2013

  • Julie A. B.

    Hi, reservation under "Julie".

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Abdul

      Thank you!!!

      March 25, 2013

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