March Forward, Girl

From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine

A profound and timely memoir from a civil-rights activist about growing up in the Jim Crow South

By Melba Pattillo Beals. PhD Read by Janina Edwards Biographies & Memoirs / History - United States / Juvenile Nonfiction / Politics English, Unabridged 4h 36m Sell Sheet Also available on
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4 Audio CDs January 2, 2018 $39.99 $29.99 9781520091426 Add to Cart
1 MP3 CDs January 2, 2018 $29.99 $19.99 9781520091464 Add to Cart
							Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions: Why couldn't she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn't she feel safe beyond home-or even within the walls of church? Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter-and the knowledge that her true place was a free one. 

This memoir paints a vivid picture of Beals's powerful early journey on the road to becoming a champion for equal rights, an acclaimed journalist, a bestselling author, and the recipient of this country's highest recognition, the Congressional Gold Medal.

A 2018 Booklist Top 10 Biography on Audio - Awards

"A valuable addition to the stories of life in Jim Crow America." - Kirkus Reviews

"…recounts growing up African-American in 1940s Arkansas…" - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

" listeners an unflinching look at the horrors of growing up under Jim Crow in Arkansas… This compelling and age-appropriate story of Beals’ determination is so important for middle-grade listeners learning about U.S. history, and they will be riveted by it." - Booklist, Starred Review