Warriors Don't Cry

LessonPLAN Family Series
The story of a 15-year-old who stood up to violence and discrimination as she and the “Little Rock Nine” integrated Central High School in Arkansas in 1957.

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$5 children 12 & under / $10 adults

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Recommended for ages 11-18  
Contains historically accurate language, including the “N”word

The drama recounts a very personal story of fifteen-year-old Melba Pattillo—portrayed by Connecticut actress by Jessica Maria Kight—enduring violence and discrimination as she and eight other African-American students, known as the “Little Rock Nine,” integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

The memoir, written by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, won the American Library Association Award, the 1995 Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. This one-woman performance, in Melba’s own words, is produced by The Bushnell Center in Harford, Connecticut. “When we started working on ‘Warriors’ over three years ago, there was no way to predict its relevance to the current discussions about bullying, immigration, and similar headlines,” said Scott Galbraith at The Bushnell. Equally important, it now demonstrates the progress made in race relations over the past five decades.

The LessonPLAN Series is sponsored by BendBroadband. Supporting sponsor is Warren John West. The series is made possible by grants from Children’s Edu-Investors Fund, WESTAF, Bank of the Cascades, and the WHH Foundation. The programs are hosted by NewsChannel 21’s Bob Shaw. Study guides and tickets to an educational matinee are available through info@towertheatre.org.

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