Warriors Don’t Cry

by

Melba Beals

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Mrs. Elizabeth Huckaby Character Analysis

The girls’ vice-principal at Central High School. Melba remembers Mrs. Huckaby’s emphasis on “fair play” and how she protected Melba and other members of the Little Rock Nine from further abuse, such as having them sit in her office during some school events in which their safety could be in peril. However, Melba recalls instances in which Mrs. Huckaby underestimated the severity of the abuse that the black students suffered or accused them of exaggerating.

Mrs. Elizabeth Huckaby Quotes in Warriors Don’t Cry

The Warriors Don’t Cry quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Elizabeth Huckaby or refer to Mrs. Elizabeth Huckaby . 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 17 Quotes

Meanwhile Mrs. Huckaby, the woman I considered to be somewhat near fair and rational about the whole situation, had lapsed back into her attitude of trying to convince me there was nothing going on […]. I was seeing things; was I being too sensitive; did I have specific details? When she stopped behaving in a reasonable way, she took away the only point of reference I had […]. I supposed that she must be under an enormous weight and doing her best […]. But once again I had to accept the fact that I shouldn’t be wasting my time or energy hoping anyone would listen to my reports. I was on my own.

Related Characters: Melba Pattillo Beals (speaker), Mrs. Elizabeth Huckaby
Related Symbols: Warriors
Page Number: 195-196
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Mrs. Elizabeth Huckaby Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Elizabeth Huckaby appears in Warriors Don’t Cry. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
...petite woman with dark hair and glasses leads them to the principal’s office. Melba recognizes Mrs. Huckaby , the vice principal for girls, from previous meetings with the school board. She introduces... (full context)
Chapter 8
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
Danny takes Melba to Mrs. Huckaby’s office. Carlotta and Thelma are already there. Mrs. Huckaby says that, from now on, she... (full context)
Chapter 11
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
Mrs. Huckaby tells the students to notify their parents of an upcoming meeting with School Superintendent Virgil... (full context)
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
...remains focused on trying to perform in the Christmas show. When Minnijean tries to register, Mrs. Huckaby lies and says that tryouts have passed. Minnijean is wounded, for the school officials had... (full context)
Chapter 14
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
...to harass them with bomb threats and hoaxes. On the day of another pep rally, Mrs. Huckaby suggests that the girls stay in her office. The students also have more meetings with... (full context)
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Passive vs. Violent Resistance Theme Icon
The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
Relationships, Romance, and Empathy  Theme Icon
...“white trash.” When she is sent home without a suspension notice, Melba is relieved. Then, Mrs. Huckaby gives Carlotta an envelope to take to Minnijean which contains an expulsion notice. Minnijean gives... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
Relationships, Romance, and Empathy  Theme Icon
The segregationists’ campaign against the black students intensifies. Worse, when Melba goes to Mrs. Huckaby to complain, she tries to convince Melba that nothing is wrong or that she is... (full context)