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Melba Pattillo Beals

Melba Joyner Pattillo Beals is an American journalist and college educator. She is widely-known as a member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Melba Pattillo Beals’ Story of Breaking the Color Barrier
Your Story with Melinda
A member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who were the first to integrate Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, Melba Beals shares her incredible story.
Little Rock Nine Member Melba Pattillo Beals
Fresh Air
In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, nine black students were chosen by the NAACP to try to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The students were met by an angry white mob, and it took the presence of federal troops to get them into class. One of the students was Melba Pattillo Beals. She's written a new book called 'I Will Not Fear,' about her childhood. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'In The Fade.'
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Birthdate
Dec 7th, 1941
Episode Count
2
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
1 hour, 24 minutes