Warriors Don't Cry Flashcards

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Terms Definitions
consume
use up
pallor
extreme paleness
momentum
force of movement
compel
to force; drive
belligerent
having a warlike spirit.
elapsed
to pass; slip by
lapse
to slip gradually; drift
meticulous
extremely careful and precise
pallor
Extreme or unnatural paleness
fiasco
A complete or humiliating failure.
conviction
a fixed or strong belief
disheveled
hanging in loose disarray, unkempt
insidious
adj. Intended to entrap; treacherous
moot
adj. Subject to debate; arguable
articulate
capable of speaking in clear expressive language
Marsha
Melba’s good friend—not one of the Little Rock Nine—who eventually begins to avoid Melba’s company, as she fears violence
feigned
To give a false appearance of
perspective
a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
compassion
deep feeling of sharing the suffering of another
belligerent
adj. Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
Marissa
A crazy young girl in Melba’s community. Marissa saves Melba from a white man who tries to rape her when the announcement of Brown v. the Board of Education is made in 1954.
brusquely
adv : in a blunt direct manner
prevail
to be or become effective; to win out
placating
adj : tending or intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions
Ronald Davies
A federal judge from Nebraska who orders Governor Faubus of Arkansas to allow integration to continue.
Elizabeth Eckford
One of the “Little Rock Nine,” the nine African-American students who participated in the 1957 integration of Little Rock’s Central High School. On the first day that Elizabeth attempts to enter the school, she is confronted by the Arkansas National Guard and almost attacked by an angry white mob. She is escorted away from the crowd by two white people, Grace Lorch and Benjamin Fine. As an adult, Elizabeth is the only one of the nine to remain in Little Rock. She holds a job as a social worker.
Sarge
The driver of the station wagon that Melba takes to school under the supervision of the 101st Airborne. Sarge is friendly and efficient.
vicarious
adj. Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another
Thurgood Marshall
The lawyer who argues on behalf of Linda Brown in the historic Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. As chief counsel for the NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Marshall supports the Little Rock Nine’s efforts to integrate their school. Marshall goes on to become the first black justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.
gauntlet
two lines of men a person is forced to run through
Terrence Roberts
One of the Little Rock Nine, Terry is a junior like Melba. Terry eventually becomes a professor at UCLA.
vigilance
alert watchfulness
ominous
Menacing; threatening
composure
calmness and self-possession
preoccupied
deeply absorbed in thought
pretense
the act of pretending
placid
outwardly calm or composed
Mrs. Higgenbottom
Grandma India’s shotgun.
predicament
difficult situation; tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma
intact
not im[paired in any way
disheveled
adj. Marked by disorder; untidy
copious
abounding in matter, thoughts, or words
conducive
tending to cause or bring about
segregation
imposing the social separation of races
indignant
filled with anger about something unjust
insolent
adj. Presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant.
riveted
to engross or hold the attention of
adamant
adj. Impervious to pleas, appeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding
Nana Healey
Link’s nanny from childhood. Nana Healey is black, and Link has a very close relationship with her
Lois Patillo
Melba’s mother, also called Mother Lois. Lois teaches English at a Little Rock high school, and, at the time of the book’s events, is separated from Melba’s father, Will.
ridicule
to find amusement or delight at the expense of another
injunction
a court order prohibiting a party from a specific action
Gene Smith
The Little Rock assistant chief of police. Smith rescues Melba and the other African-American students from the mob that surrounds Central High School on their first day of class.
Andy
A white Central High student who is especially vicious toward Melba
Elizabeth Huckaby
The vice principal of Central High School. Mrs. Huckaby can’t protect the African-American students, but she does her best to control some of their attackers. Toward the end of the year, she essentially gives up.
Orval Faubus
Governor of Arkansas in 1957. Faubus gives the order to keep the African-American students out of Central High School, and orders armed Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent Melba and her friends from entering the school.
Mrs. C. Daisy Bates
president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in Little Rock. Mrs. Bates also runs a local newspaper, the Arkansas State Press, which champions integration.
Woodrow Mann
The mayor of Little Rock, who opposes Governor Faubus and supports integration.
Bill Clinton
- A governor of Arkansas, later the president of the United States. When Melba returns to Arkansas to be honored with the rest of the Little Rock Nine, Governor Clinton treats them with kindness and respect, in stark contrast to former Governor Faubus.
Carol McCabe
A white Quaker woman from Santa Rosa, California. The McCabe family takes Melba in after Governor Faubus shuts down the Little Rock high schools
J. Edgar Hoover
The director of the FBI. He dismisses Faubus’s outrageous claims that the FBI is holding white students for questioning.
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