Lisi Merkley


Excellent, Intermediate, historical, segregation, equality, junior high, US history, blacks, intermediate

Document Type

Book Review


Though Melba is smart, capable, and kind, her black skin curses her to a life of less in segregationist Little Rock, Arkansas. From a young age, she noticed that separate wasn’t really equal. She saw the signs at every corner that said “whites only” and watched as the adults, who were supposed to protect her, submissively stood back and let bad things happen to “their people.” The more she witnessed the abuses towards blacks, the more she knew she needed to do something. Through these experiences as a child, Melba gained the strength and patience needed to become one of the nine high schoolers, known as the Little Rock Nine, who were the first to integrate into a white high school in Arkansas.