I’m minoring in History and this semester I’m taking a class called U.S. Post 1945. This was one of the books I had to read for this class. After reading this memoir, I feel I have a much better understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and what it was like to live through it. Honestly, everyone would benefit from reading this girl’s story.
Reading Challenge: A memoir
Summary: In 1957, Melba Patillo was one of the teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock Central High School. Her story, enriched by diary entries, newspaper clippings, and accounts from her family and friends, tells about the racism and prejudices she faced on a daily basis. Despite the atrocities done to her by students and parents alike, she never backed down, even when quitting would have been easier.
Likes: I love how this book gave me a new perspective. It’s one thing to learn about an event or movement in history. It’s another thing entirely to remember that real people lived through them, and accomplished these incredible things. I remember starting the book and realizing that my grandparents would have grown up with her. Also, her writing style is so personal and intimate. The whole book felt like she was right there, telling the story.
Dislikes: I really can’t think of anything about this book that I disliked.
TL;DR: This book is incredible and emotional and intimate. Everyone needs to read this girl’s story. It will give you a new understanding of and appreciation for the Civil Rights Movement.