Warriors Don't Cry Web Quest

You have been reading Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals. The book is a personal narrative about Melba's life in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957, three years after Brown v. Board of Education established that the "separate but equal" justification for segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. In 1957, Melba chose to attend Central High School, the all-white high school in Little Rock, as one of the first students to officially begin the process of integration in Little Rock. As you recall from the book, Melba's life became a daily battle for survival, but her choice to play a part in the firestorm of integration helped pave the way for other African-Americans to dismantle the oppressive system of racial injustice in the United States.

The integration of Little Rock's Central High School is actually only one of many

obstacles and battles African-Americans faced in the fight for Civil Rights. Now that you've had a close-hand look at one of these battles, pulling back to set the Central High integration within the larger context of the Civil Rights struggle will give you a better understanding of the significance of the Little Rock Nine's fight.

This WebQuest was designed to help you accomplish that. You will work with a group/partner to complete this web quest, and you will need to become experts on other significant aspects or events of the Civil Rights struggle. Additionally, you will learn from your peers, who will become experts as well, so that by the end of this activity, our entire class will be able to come away with a better contextualized understanding of this significant period in our country's social history.

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