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Melba Pattillo Beals had to fight one of the most courageous wars in history awar against color Melba was one of nine black students who was involved in one of themost important civil rights movements in American history These nine black students were the first to attend the all-white Central High Schoolin Little Rock Arkansas This was a major turning point for blacks all across the UnitedStates and opened the way for other blacks to begin attending white schools Melbabegan her story with her childhood in Little Rock Arkansas She lived with her mothergrandma and brother in a strict and religious household Her family had come to acceptthe fact that they would always be mistreated because of their color In the South thismistreatment of blacks was seen as perfectly normal As a young girl she experienced first hand how awful it was to be segregatedagainst and be constantly ridiculed simply because of her color She wanted to do something about it and prayed for an opportunity that wouldallow her to fight back and hopefully make a difference On May 17 1954 Melbasopportunity began to emerge The US Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation inpublic schools was unconstitutional in Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka KansasIn spite of the Supreme Court ruling Arkansas did not begin to integrate its schoolsEventually a federal court ordered Central High School in Little Rock to begin admittingblack students in 1957 in order to begin the states process of desegregation She was one of ninecourageous students who decided to try to attend the all-white Central High SchoolAlthough all the students knew it would not be easy to be the first black students tointegrate it was a lot more strenuous and difficult than anyone of them had imagined Onthe first day that they tried to attend Central High School they didnt even get into theschool There were thousands of people from all over the country outside the school thatmorning Most were
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