Warriors Don’t Cry

by

Melba Beals

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Daisy Bates Character Analysis

Melba describes Bates as “a petite and smartly dressed, steely-eyed woman” who serves as the Arkansas state president of the NAACP. Bates and her husband own the black newspaper, the Arkansas State Press. She is the target of segregationists who drive past her house and toss firebombs and rocks through her windows. She hosts a media event at her home, at which Melba makes a bad joke that earns her negative attention.

Daisy Bates Quotes in Warriors Don’t Cry

The Warriors Don’t Cry quotes below are all either spoken by Daisy Bates or refer to Daisy Bates. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon Pulse edition of Warriors Don’t Cry published in 2007.
Chapter 11 Quotes

When Mrs. Bates asked, “Do you kids want white meat or dark meat?” I spoke without thinking: “This is an integrated turkey.” The annoyed expression on her face matched the one on Mother’s, letting me know that maybe I should have prepared a speech. The reporters began snickering as they posed a series of questions on turkeys and integration, calling on me by name to answer. My palms began sweating, and my mouth turned dry. I hadn’t meant to put my foot in my mouth. I didn’t want the others to think I was trying to steal the spotlight, but once I had spoken out of turn, “integrated turkey” became the theme. “You’ll live to regret that statement, Melba,” Mother said as we were driving home. I knew she was agonizing over the consequences of my frivolity. She was right. I would suffer.

Related Characters: Melba Pattillo Beals (speaker), Mother Lois (speaker), Daisy Bates (speaker)
Page Number: 137-138
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Daisy Bates Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry

The timeline below shows where the character Daisy Bates appears in Warriors Don’t Cry. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
...of meetings with officials in Little Rock’s education system and in the NAACP. She meets Daisy Bates for the first time, a woman who strikes Melba as “very calm and brave” despite... (full context)
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The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
...adults present. Federal judge Ronald Davies rules that integration at Central will begin on Wednesday. Daisy Bates calls to tell the children where to meet and that, perhaps, they “would be accompanied... (full context)
Chapter 4 
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...the meeting place was. She does not have a phone and, therefore, did not get Daisy Bates’ s call. Minnijean explains that the other students went to the U.S. Attorney’s office then... (full context)
Chapter 5
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The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
...Governor Faubus’s court hearing to account for his stalling integration, the teens are invited to Daisy Bates’ s house to meet with the press.  Numerous “very dignified and important-looking men” from the... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...he will be in the courtroom. The Little Rock Nine enter the Federal Building with Daisy Bates , Thurgood Marshall, and several other people. Melba wears dark glasses so that no one... (full context)
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...to turn blue and struggles to breathe, exhibiting symptoms that are typical of her condition. Daisy Bates insists that the teens focus on their testimony while she looks after Thelma. The Honorable... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...prays for the strength to make it through the school year. The children meet at Daisy Bates’ s house. The Little Rock Nine are split between two cars driven by NAACP officials.... (full context)
Chapter 8
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On Wednesday morning, they turn the corner near Daisy Bates’ s home and see about fifty soldiers from the 101st Division, nicknamed the “Screaming Eagle”... (full context)
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...relief, but all laughter halts when someone’s eyes fill with tears. Sarge takes them to Daisy Bates’ s home where reporters await. The reporters bombard the students with questions about what it... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Passive vs. Violent Resistance Theme Icon
The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
...in the convoy where she enjoys verbal games with her friends, and finally goes to Daisy Bates’ s house to give more interviews. The next day, Friday, Danny announces that he is... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The Little Rock Nine gather at Daisy Bates’ house for an “official” Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday evening. There is a news conference. Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...suggests that the girls stay in her office. The students also have more meetings with Daisy Bates and the NAACP to discuss their problems. (full context)