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Melba Pattillo Beals

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Title:Melba Pattillo Beals
Date:1955-1957
Description:

This interview with Melba Pattillo Beals recalls her experience as one of the nine African American students who attended Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Against a backdrop of white resistance and racial violence, Beals and eight other students desegregated Central High School under armed federal escort. Beals was frequently assaulted and harassed by whites while a student at Central High.

Major funding for this project is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

Grade range: 9-12.

Lesson plans using this resource: Re-Examining Brown.

A transcript of the Quicktime movie is available.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Instructional materials | Teaching guides | Resource units | Interviews | Oral histories | Transcripts | Videorecordings
Subjects:Beals, Melba | Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 | Faubus, Orval Eugene, 1910-1994 | African American high school students--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American girls--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American civil rights workers--Arkansas--Little Rock | Women civil rights workers--Arkansas--Little Rock | Civil rights workers--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American women--Arkansas--Little Rock | African American students--Arkansas--Little Rock | School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock | School integration--Massive resistance--Arkansas--Little Rock | Students--Arkansas--Little Rock | African Americans--Segregation | African Americans--Civil rights--Arkansas--Little Rock | Civil rights movements--Arkansas--Little Rock | Civil rights demonstrations--Arkansas--Little Rock | Discrimination in education--Law and legislation--Arkansas--Little Rock | Segregation--Arkansas--Little Rock | White Citizens councils--Arkansas--Little Rock | Intimidation--Arkansas--Little Rock | Federal-state controversies--Arkansas--Little Rock | Mobs--Arkansas--Little Rock | Soldiers--Arkansas--Little Rock | Students--Arkansas--Little Rock | Intervention (Federal government)--Arkansas--Little Rock | Government, Resistance to--Southern States | Police--Arkansas--Little Rock | Social justice--United States | Race Relations | Equality | Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.) | Dunbar Junior High School (Little Rock, Ark.) | Horace Mann High School (Little Rock, Ark.) | Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Arkansas National Guard | Eyes on the Prize (Television program) | Little Rock (Ark.) | Pulaski County (Ark.)
Collection:Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Special Collection
Institution:WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributors:Eyes on the Prize (PBS) | Washington University Libraries, Henry Hampton Collection | Teacher's Domain Civil Rights Special Collection | WGBH Educational Foundation | Melba Pattillo Beals
Online Publisher:[Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation | 2002/2008
Rights and Usage:

The Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Collection is a collaborative production of WGBH Education Productions, the WGBH Media Library, and WGBH Interactive, in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Forms part of: Teacher's Domain Civil Right Special Collection.

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Persistent Link to Item:http://www.teachersdomain.org/resources/iml04/soc/ush/civil/beals/index.html