I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire

  • Title: I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire
  • Author: Melba Pattillo Beals
  • ISBN: 9780800729431
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I Will Not Fear My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire In Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas But her story of overcoming didn t start or end there While her whit
    In 1957, Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas But her story of overcoming didn t start or end there While her white schoolmates were planning their senior prom, Melba was facing the business end of a double barreled shotgun, being threatened with lynching by rope carrying tormentors,In 1957, Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas But her story of overcoming didn t start or end there While her white schoolmates were planning their senior prom, Melba was facing the business end of a double barreled shotgun, being threatened with lynching by rope carrying tormentors, and learning how to outrun white supremacists who were ready to kill her rather than sit beside her in a classroom Only her faith in God sustained her during her darkest days and helped her become a civil rights warrior, an NBC television news reporter, a magazine writer, a professor, a wife, and a mother.In I Will Not Fear, Beals takes readers on an unforgettable journey through terror, oppression, and persecution, highlighting the kind of faith needed to survive in a world full of heartbreak and anger She shows how the deep faith we develop during our most difficult moments is the kind of faith that can change our families, our communities, and even the world Encouraging and inspiring, Beals s story offers readers hope that faith is the solution to the pervasive hopelessness of our current culture.

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    1. Melba Pattillo Beals made history as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African American students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957 The world watched as they braved constant intimidation and threats from those who opposed desegregation of the formerly all white high school She later recounted this harrowing year in her book titled Warriors Don t Cry A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Desegregate Little Rock s Central High School.Melba Pattillo was born on December 7, 1941, in Little Rock Pulaski County Beals grew up surrounded by family members who knew the importance of an education Her mother, Lois Marie Pattillo, PhD, was one of the first black graduates of the University of Arkansas UA in Fayetteville Washington County in 1954 and was a high school English teacher at the time of the crisis Her father, Howell Pattillo, worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad She had one brother, Conrad, who served as a U.S marshal in Little Rock, and they all lived with her grandmother, India Peyton.While attending all black Horace Mann High School in Little Rock, she knew her educational opportunities were not equal to her white counterparts opportunities at Central High In response to this inequality, Pattillo volunteered to transfer to the all white Central High School with eight other black students from Horace Mann and Dunbar Junior High School The Little Rock Nine, as they came to be known, faced daily harassment from white students Beals later recounted that the soldier assigned to protect her instructed her, In order to get through this year, you will have to become a soldier Never let your enemy know what you are feeling Beals took the soldier s advice, and, while the rest of the school year remained turbulent, all but one student, Minnijean Brown, was able to finish the school year Barred from entering Central High the next year when the city s schools were closed, Pattillo moved to Santa Rosa, California, to live with a sponsoring family who were members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP for her senior year of high school.In 1961, Pattillo married John Beals They had one daughter but divorced after ten years of marriage She subsequently adopted two boys.Beals graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in journalism and earned an MA in the same field from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York She has worked as a communications consultant, a motivational speaker, and as a reporter for San Francisco s public television station and for the Bay Area s NBC affiliate.Beals was the first of the Little Rock Nine to write a book based on her experiences at Central High Published in 1994, Warriors Don t Cry gives a first hand account of the trials Beals encountered from segregationists and racist students The book was named the American Library Association ALA Notable Book for 1995 and won the Robert F Kennedy Book Award that same year White is a State of Mind, her 1999 sequel to Warriors Don t Cry, follows Beals from her senior year in high school to her college and family days in California.Beals was awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal by the NAACP in 1958, along with other members of the Little Rock Nine and Daisy Bates, their mentor In 1999, President Bill Clinton presented the nation s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the members of the Little Rock Nine As of 2010, Beals lives in the San Francisco area and works as an author and public speaker.


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    1. My thoughts are uncertain when it comes to this book. It had some really thought-provoking and poignant content, but also some things I had questions about.I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire was definitely a compelling read. The beginning caught me up in the story of Melba's life, and moved me to tears - both of anguish and sweet joy that God loves His children so protectively and beautifully."Grandmother always quieted my fretting - explaining that it was proof [...]

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    2. Courageous! Picking up this book, I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I found was that Melba Pettillo Beals is a woman of great courage and tenacity. As one of the nine African American Students chosen to intergrate in Little Rock, Arkansa's all- White Central High School she faced continual racial injustice that I don't think the majority of us understand. However, her courage has allowed so much of the change that we are able to enjoy today with the freedoms of the world we live today becau [...]

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    3. Despite the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling against it, racial segregation in public schools was still prevalent in Little Rock, Arkansas for years afterward. In 1957, nine African American students were chosen to integrate the city’s all-white Central High School. Those students became known as the Little Rock Nine. One of their number, author Melba Pattillo Beals, recounts this matter and more in her memoir, I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire.As the title ind [...]

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    4. 4.5 "You're not doing this for yourself. You are doing this for generations yet unborn."Martin Luther King's encouragement to a young Melba Beals was the difference between despondency and determination. Melba's experience as one of the nine students integrating into an all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas had gone beyond the nightmare stage, she was afraid for her life. One of her greatest assets was a godly grandmother who told her more than once, " God is as close to us as o [...]

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    5. I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire is a new memoir by Melba Pattillo Beals, an accomplished reporter, journalist, author, professor, and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal for her role as a member of the Little Rock Nine when she was just fifteen-years-old. From the terrifying, life-threatening hatred and violence while integrating the all-white Central High School to the struggles throughout her life as an African American woman, Beals shares with honest [...]

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    6. Melba Pettillo Beals was a young girl in 1957. She was also one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Little Rock, Arkansas's all-white Central High School. She is one of the faces in the grainy black and white photos that most of us recognize from history class or documentaries on television. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but I've come away from the reading of it wishing I could meet Ms. Beals. She wrote so honestly of her life from those days [...]

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    7. This is the best book on faith I had read in a while! Dr. Melba Pattillo is a person I would love to meet one day! Despite her popularity, I'm surprised I had never heard of her. This is the biography of Dr. Melba Pattillo Peals, one of The Little Rock Nine. She recounts her life and the tremendous, struggles, hardships, tests, and trials she encountered as an African-American woman. Growing up in the 40s and 50s, when the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing, Melba's life was anything but pe [...]

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    8. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to be a African American female teen growing up in the 1950s in Little Rock, Arkansas. Beals was one of the nine students chosen by the NAACP to attend the all white Central High School in 1957. It was a federally mandated integration that the whites violently opposed.The account of Beals' experiences is heartbreaking. She repeatedly shares how she relied on God's strength to endure the threats, name calling, and other mistreatment. In so many cases t [...]

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    9. This book was really well written, intriguing, and completely inspiring. I read this book in one day because I just didn't want to put it down. I was drawn into this harrowing story from the first page. Towards the end it did start to slow down, as she went into more of  her adult life, but it was still interesting to read. It is easy to tell that Melba Pattillo Beal has been a professional writer. The way she tells the story is incredible. She has a way of making you feel like you are right t [...]

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    10. The author recounts her harrowing experiences as one of the "Little Rock Nine", who, in 1957, became the first black students to attend segregated Central High School. I listened earlier this week to an NPR interview of Dr. Pattillo Beals and was struck by her quiet grace and dignity as she described being assaulted by white students who threw acid in her eyes, set booby traps on chairs of ground class, hit, kicked, and tripped her, and attacked her in the restroom with flaming pieces of paper. [...]

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    11. I enjoyed reading this book. This is a very important milestone event in history that should be remembered and learned from. In fact, this book could not have come at a more appropriate time. We seem to be at a crossroads and taking steps back instead of forward. Plus, I thought that the author did a nice job of helping to remind us how our faith can be tested in difficult situations but it will remain strong if not stronger at long as we trust in God. As I was reading this book, I did feel like [...]

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    12. I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire is a memoir by Melba Pattillo Beals, a journalist and one of the first African-American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. I loved reading about Beals’ life: her educational journey, her family, and her many other interesting experiences.Beals is a wonderful example of strength and resilience, and the book shows the extreme impact of education on a person’s life. The book also provides great [...]

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    13. From her memoir, I learned more about the horrible details of the integration of the all white high school in Little Rock, AR by the Little Rock Nine. I also learned how Melba Beals' faith in God helped her cope with that time and other times throughout her life when she experienced prejudice. In addition, I learned how hard working and caring she was.

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    14. Beals is a compelling writer because she lived a compelling life. It seems nothing has ever come easy for her but that has not got in the way of her forging forward. God has truly followed her and watches over her every day.

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    15. This is an autobiography of a woman who was one of the Little Rock Nine. As a black student, she was chosen to integrate into an all white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1950s. The book tells of her harrowing experiences and faith in God's protection.

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    16. There are so many words of wisdom in Melba Pattillo Beal's book, I Will Not Fear, that I hardly know where to start in my review.The author has had an extraordinary life that might have left others either defeated or at the very least estranged from God. But Beals had a godly grandmother who, from the very beginning never let her forget that God was on her side.As I read the horrors she was forced to endure at the hands of racists I felt many emotions. Anger, a sense of injustice, frustration at [...]

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