Warriors Don't Cry

by Melba Pattillo Beals

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Where does Melba obtain her diary in Warriors Don't Cry?

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Melba's wise grandmother, Grandma India, gives Melba her diary. When Melba was about six, she told her grandmother that she thought bodies were just containers for sprits and that one day, she would exchange her black body for a white body so she could have more control. Her grandmother agrees with her about spirits but says that what Melba wants is to be free, not to be white. Her grandmother recognizes Melba's need to write down some of her deep thoughts, and she buys Melba a pink diary that she can lock with a small key (page 11). Each night, Melba goes to her bedroom and eagerly addresses letters to God in her diary. She later writes in her diary during her tumultuous and difficult year at Central High School. Her entries are addressed to God, and they help her process what is going on.

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