Warriors Don't Cry

by Melba Pattillo Beals

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How can Melba's weekend activities, including time with Vince, be described in "Warriors Don't Cry"?

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Melba spends the weekend carrying out errands, such as washing dishes, and doing the homework her mother assigns her. She unfortunately also has to answer the phone when people call to deliver hateful messages, and she worries about school and how Eisenhower will respond to Governor Faubus's refusal to integrate Central High School. She also styles her hair and tries on clothes, looking for a proper disguise.

Later, she goes out with her grandmother to the wrestling matches. Melba is wearing upswept hair, makeup, and high heels so that no one will recognize her. The wrestling matches are held in Robinson Auditorium, which is usually only reserved for white people. She pretends to bump into Vince, her boyfriend, as her family would never allow her to have an actual date with him. Her weekend activities are those of a normal teenage girl, but she has to make concessions and changes, given the hatred that many people in Little Rock feel about her and about integration. 

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