Jackson Creek Middle School
American Heroes: Melba Pattillo Beals
Louise Pattillo was Melba's mother. She was an english teacher at a local college. In 1954 Dr. Pattillo was one of the first African-Americans to attend and graduate from Arkansas University. Dr. Pattillo was the only one in the Pattillo household who worked, and the family depended greatly on her.
India Annette Peyton was Melba's grandmother. She lived with Louise and Melba. Ms. Peyton was a very wise woman. She knew exaclty the right thing to say and when to say it. She was a source of inspiration and trust to Melba. She was a faithful Christian, as was the rest of the family.
Will Pattillo was Melba's father. He worked on the railroad and was a rather intimidating man. He was muscular and stood about six feet tall. Although he and Ms. Pattillo divorced when Melba was seven years old, he cared very much for the family, and loved them dearly.
Conrad Pattillo is Melba's younger brother. He supported Melba all through her Central High career. When Melba would come home, he would sit on his bike and welcome her home from school. He would say things to her such as, "You're not so bad for a big sis," and "Sis, you know I like you."
By: Maggie S.
Last Updated: 12-05-01