White is a State of Mind: A Memoir

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 337 pages
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"In 1957, while most teenage girls were listening to Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue," watching Elvis gyrate, and having slumber parties, fifteen-year-old Melba Pattillo was escaping the hanging rope of a lynch mob, dodging lighted sticks of dynamite, and washing away the burning acid sprayed into her eyes by segregationists determined to prevent her from integrating Little Rock's Central High School - caught up in the center of a civil rights firestorm that stunned this nation and altered the course of history." "Her critically acclaimed and award-winning memoir Warriors Don't Cry chronicled her junior year in high school, the year President Eisenhower took unprecedented, historic action by sending federal troops to escort Melba and her eight black classmates into a previously all-white school." "Now, in answer to the often repeated question "What happened next?" Melba has written White Is a State of Mind. Compelled to flee the violent rage percolating in her hometown, young Melba was brought by the NAACP to a safe haven in Santa Rosa, California. This is the story of how she survived - healed from the wounds inflicted on her by an angry country. It is the inspirational story of how she overcame that anger with the love and support of the white family who took her in and taught her she didn't have to yearn for the freedom she assumed she could never really have because of the color of her skin. They taught her that white is a state of mind - that she could alter her state of mind to claim fully her own freedom and equality."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Beals had one story to tell, and she told it five years ago in her award-winning Warriors Don—t Cry. Elvis was all the rage. Eisenhower was the president. Women wore crinolines, and blacks and whites ... Read full review

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Journalist Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, continues her memoir of growing up African American in the age of segregation. In her first volume, Warriors Don't Cry (LJ 2/1/94), Beals described her ... Read full review


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Melba Pattillo Beals is a survivor of the notorious but historical racial segregation incident, the Little Rock 9. Her searing experiences became the backdrop for her book Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High. Beals began writing the memoir in diary form as it was happening when she was 16 years old. Forty years later and after 12 rewrites the book was published. It tells the story of courageous teenagers coping with lynch mobs and dynamite while standing up for their civil rights and access to an education offered to white Americans. It was the Little Rock 9 experience that taught Beals to relate to the media as a teenager. At 17, she began selling articles to newspapers and magazines and later pursued journalism in college (B.A. San Francisco State; M.A. Columbia University). She hosted a radio show, became a TV news reporter, a writer, and finally turned to a career as a communications consultant. Beals has written Expose Yourself: Using the Power of Public Relations to Promote Your Business and Yourself (1990), a self-help guide to publicity that teaches the art of public relations as well as media manipulation.

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