Warriors Don’t Cry


Melba Beals

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Mrs. Clyde Thomason Character Analysis

The secretary of the League of Central High Mothers. She and her group filed a petition for an injunction to keep the Little Rock school board from integrating Central High School. Thurgood Marshall asked a judge at the Federal District Court to issue an order which would prevent Mrs. Thomason and her mothers’ group from interfering with the Supreme Court’s plan to integrate schools. The judge agreed to issue the order. Later, Mrs. Thomason and company advocated to get the 101st Division out of Central High, briefly leaving Melba and the other members of the Little Rock Nine without protection.

Mrs. Clyde Thomason Quotes in Warriors Don’t Cry

The Warriors Don’t Cry quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Clyde Thomason or refer to Mrs. Clyde Thomason. 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

As Minnijean and I spent time together that evening, I could tell she was beginning to be deeply affected by what was being done to her at Central High. She seemed especially vulnerable to the isolation we were all struggling to cope with. She had decided she would be accepted by white students if she could just show them how beautifully she sang. She was almost obsessed with finding an opportunity to perform her music on stage [….] Little did we know that even while we were discussing her performing in school programs, the Central High Mother’s League was preparing to make a bigger fuss than ever before to exclude her. But their threats did not stop Minnijean [….] Did she figure they would be enraptured by her performance? I shuddered at the thought of what the students would say or do to her if she made it.

Related Characters: Melba Pattillo Beals (speaker), Minnijean Brown, Mrs. Clyde Thomason
Page Number: 130
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Mrs. Clyde Thomason Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry

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Chapter 2 
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
...of Central High Mothers organize an effort to keep black children out of the school. Mrs. Clyde Thomason , secretary of the group, files a petition for an injunction to keep the Little... (full context)