Click to Open Search Bar

Melba Pattillo Beals

Journalist, Author of "Warriors Don't Cry" and Member of the "Little Rock Nine"

REQUEST BOOKING INFORMATION

 Melba Pattillo Beals Biography

Melba Pattillo Beals recounted her experience at Central High School in her award winning book "Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Desegregate Little Rock’s Central High School."

Dr. Beals grew up surrounded by family members who knew the importance of education. Her mother, Lois, was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the University of Arkansas in 1954. While attending all-black Horace Mann High School, Dr. Beals knew her educational opportunities were not equal to her white counterparts’ at Central High, leading her to be a part of the effort to integrate that school. She recalled that the soldier assigned to protect her instructed her that “In order to get through this year, you will have to become a soldier. Never let your enemy know what you are feeling.” She took the soldier’s advice, finishing the school year. Barred from returning to Central the following year when the city’s schools were closed, Dr. Beals moved to Santa Rosa, California, to live with a sponsoring family, Dr. & Mrs. George McCabe, who were members of the NAACP, for her senior year of high school.

Dr. Beals graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in journalism, and earned an MA from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, in New York, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of San Francisco. She has worked as a reporter for San Francisco’s public television station and for the Bay area’s NBC affiliate. She has written numerous articles for periodicals including People, Essence and the San Francisco Examiner. In addition, Dr. Beals is the author of "White is a State of Mind," a sequel to "Warriors Don’ Cry."

Dr. Beals is a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal, and she is a much sought after communications consultant and motivational speaker. Dr. Beals was the Chair of the Communications Department at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California. In 2014, upon her retirement and in honor of her lifetime's work, Dominican's Office of Diversity and Equity and its advisory board, the Diversity Action Group, created an award in her name, the Melba Beals Award for Excellence in Diversity, to recognize significant contributions to diversity work by individuals, groups (including student organizations and honor societies), and programs from the Dominican community.

Dr. Beals is the mother of 16-year-old identical twins, Evan and Matthew Pattillo, and an adult daughter, Kellie, a doctoral candidate in psychology. Dr. Beals and her children live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

-
Videos
Books
Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Melba Pattillo Beals?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Melba Pattillo Beals for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Melba Pattillo Beals, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Melba Pattillo Beals or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Melba Pattillo Beals?

    Booking fees for Melba Pattillo Beals, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melba Pattillo Beals, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Melba Pattillo Beals?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melba Pattillo Beals for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melba Pattillo Beals for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melba Pattillo Beals or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melba Pattillo Beals or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
Check Availability

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

Users also viewed these speakers:

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

Melba Pattillo Beals

Journalist, Author of "Warriors Don't Cry" and Member of the "Little Rock Nine"

Travels From:
San Francisco, CA, USA
Speaking Fee:

Melba Pattillo Beals Biography

Melba Pattillo Beals recounted her experience at Central High School in her award winning book "Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Desegregate Little Rock’s Central High School."

Dr. Beals grew up surrounded by family members who knew the importance of education. Her mother, Lois, was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the University of Arkansas in 1954. While attending all-black Horace Mann High School, Dr. Beals knew her educational opportunities were not equal to her white counterparts’ at Central High, leading her to be a part of the effort to integrate that school. She recalled that the soldier assigned to protect her instructed her that “In order to get through this year, you will have to become a soldier. Never let your enemy know what you are feeling.” She took the soldier’s advice, finishing the school year. Barred from returning to Central the following year when the city’s schools were closed, Dr. Beals moved to Santa Rosa, California, to live with a sponsoring family, Dr. & Mrs. George McCabe, who were members of the NAACP, for her senior year of high school.

Dr. Beals graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in journalism, and earned an MA from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, in New York, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of San Francisco. She has worked as a reporter for San Francisco’s public television station and for the Bay area’s NBC affiliate. She has written numerous articles for periodicals including People, Essence and the San Francisco Examiner. In addition, Dr. Beals is the author of "White is a State of Mind," a sequel to "Warriors Don’ Cry."

Dr. Beals is a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal, and she is a much sought after communications consultant and motivational speaker. Dr. Beals was the Chair of the Communications Department at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California. In 2014, upon her retirement and in honor of her lifetime's work, Dominican's Office of Diversity and Equity and its advisory board, the Diversity Action Group, created an award in her name, the Melba Beals Award for Excellence in Diversity, to recognize significant contributions to diversity work by individuals, groups (including student organizations and honor societies), and programs from the Dominican community.

Dr. Beals is the mother of 16-year-old identical twins, Evan and Matthew Pattillo, and an adult daughter, Kellie, a doctoral candidate in psychology. Dr. Beals and her children live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Melba Pattillo Beals Videos

  • Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals Keynote Address - Excerpt - YouTube

Melba Pattillo Beals Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Melba Pattillo Beals

FAQs on booking Melba Pattillo Beals

  • How to book Melba Pattillo Beals?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Melba Pattillo Beals for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Melba Pattillo Beals, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Melba Pattillo Beals or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Melba Pattillo Beals?

    Booking fees for Melba Pattillo Beals, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melba Pattillo Beals, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Melba Pattillo Beals?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melba Pattillo Beals for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melba Pattillo Beals for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melba Pattillo Beals or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melba Pattillo Beals or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Melba Pattillo Beals is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Melba Pattillo Beals for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Melba Pattillo Beals generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ilyasah Shabazz, Julianne Malveaux, Angela Davis, Minnijean Brown Trickey and Donna Brazile. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Melba Pattillo Beals for an upcoming event.

Melba Pattillo Beals Speaker Videos

  • Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals Keynote Address - Excerpt - YouTube

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

  • Customized Service

    Our agents find the right fit for your event

  • Unparalleled Database

    Full access to all speakers & celebrities

  • One Stop Shopping

    A reliable and unbiased point of contact

  • Logistics Management

    Your personal Logistics Manager who takes care of all event details

Speakers Similar to Melba Pattillo Beals

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

TOP