March 30, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Melba Patillo Beals will give the lecture, "Warriors Don't Cry," Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is free to the public, is the final event in the "Brown at 50" Symposium Series sponsored by Bucknell's department of education.

Beals was one of the original "Little Rock Nine," the first black students to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., under the protection of combat-ready soldiers against segregationists determined to prevent integration of the high school.

After receiving a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, she worked as a news reporter for San Francisco's public television station, KQED, and for the NBC affiliate KRON-TV.

Beals has written numerous articles for periodicals including People, Essence and the San Francisco Examiner. She also is the author of Warriors Don't Cry, its sequel White is a State of Mind, and Expose Yourself: Using the Power of Public Relations to Promote Your Business and Yourself.

She has appeared on numerous television shows, among them "Oprah Winfrey", "Good Morning America" and C-Span's "Booknotes." She and her daughter, Kellie, are writing the screenplay for a feature film based on Warriors.

In 1998, Beals and the other Little Rock Nine students were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in recognition of their courage and self sacrifice.

The "Brown at 50" Symposium Series is provided for in part by: the President's Office; University Lectureship Committee; history department; Dean of Students Office; Residential Colleges; Central Susquehanna Valley Intermediate Unit; Race/Gender Resource Center; Bucknell Office of Alumni, Parents, and Volunteers; Bucknell Black Alumni Association; and the Women's Resource Center.

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