Warriors Don't Cry

by Melba Pattillo Beals

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What is Melba's top New Year's resolution in Warriors Don't Cry?

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When Melba can't go out on New Year's Eve, she sits at home compiling her New Year's resolutions. At the top of her list is to survive until May 29 (the last day of school). She also resolves to have the strength not to fight back against the students who are tormenting her at Central High School, where she is part of the Little Rock Nine who are desegregating the school. Her other resolutions include understanding how Gandhi behaved when his life presented him with difficulties. Gandhi, like the Little Rock Nine, was an adherent of non-violence, and she wants to study his reaction to violence to understand how to respond to violent students and other problems in her life in a non-violent way. Clearly, her resolutions are different than those of most people of her age. 

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