“Civil rights heroine Melba Patillo Beals puts readers right in her saddle oxfords as she struggles to understand–and fight back against–the laws that told her she was less just because of the color of her skin. Includes photos and illustrations.
Beals’ recollection of white oppression and her rise above it will haunt readers. A must-read for teens. –School Library Journal
From the legendary civil rights activist and author of the million-copy-selling Warriors Don’t Cry comes an ardent and profound childhood memoir of growing up while facing adversity in the Jim Crow South.
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 Beals had the heart of a fighter–and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.
Combined with emotive drawings and photos, this memoir paints a vivid picture of Beals’ powerful early journey on the road to becoming a champion for equal rights, an acclaimed journalist, a best-selling author, and the recipient of this country’s highest recognition, the Congressional Gold Medal.” – publisher
Reading Level: 5.9
Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus