Warriors Don't Cry

by Melba Pattillo Beals

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What event caused Melba to spit up blood in "Warriors Don't Cry"?

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What has happened to Melba is that she has been hit hard in the back with a tennis racket.  She tells us this in her diary entry that is dated February 20, 1958.

In the last few diary entries, she has been telling about how people have been harassing her and abusing her physically.  She has been talking about how the school officials do not believe her when she tells them what is going on.

On February 20, she says she is hit across the back with the tennis racket and then goes and spits up blood in the bathroom.

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