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Melba Pattillo Beals

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Title:Melba Pattillo Beals

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
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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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