December 7, 1941
Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, was born in Little Rock (Pulaski County). Her first-hand account of the desegregation of Central High School was published in 1994 as Warriors Don’t Cry. She was the first of the Little Rock Nine to have written a book based on her experience. The sequel, White is a State of Mind, follows Beals through her senior year and into college and family days.