In 1957, Beals was one of nine African-American students who were the first to integrate Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, earning them the title for decades of " the Little Rock Nine."
Her book, Warriors Don't Cry, chronicles the events during the Little Rock crisis, based partly on diaries she kept during that period.
In 1958, the NAACP awarded the Spingarn Medal to Beals and to the other members of the Little Rock Nine. In 1999, she and the rest of the Nine were awarded the highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. Only three hundred others have received this award.
Beals will address an audience of around 400 incoming freshmen, who as a part of the Freshman Interest Group (FIG) and Making Our Space an Inclusive Community (MOSAIC) programs read A Mighty Long Way, by Little Rock Nine member Carlotta Walls LaNier, over the summer.
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