The book Warriors Don’t Cry must be referenced.
In her account of the desegregation of Little Rock’s Central High School, Melba Pattillo Beals recounts her experience as a black teenage girl. Her story illustrates the intersectional experience of many women in the Civil Rights Movement. Your textbook defines intersectionality (termed in the 1970s and 1980s) as “women of color insisted that the reality of inequality was more complex and that their lives were shaped by the intersections of race, class, and sex.”
In this 4-5 page, double-spaced essay, you will be grappling with this idea of intersectionality specifically the intersection of gender and race for Melba Pattillo Beals.
Please respond in your essay to the following question:
How was Melba Pattillo Beal’s experience as a young person shaped by her race and gender?
1)Read ahead in the textbook focusing on page 572-582 on “A Mass Movement for Civil Rights” to help provide historical context for the time period.
2)Think about gender roles for women in the 1950’s and how Melba’s life was shaped by those gender roles. The first part of chapter 10 covers this.
3)Understanding intersectionality is hard. You will need to read closely and examine assumptions that may be ingrained.
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