6th annual Jamison lecture

Jamison Lecture

6th Annual Jamison Lecture

Part of the Paup Lecture Series

"Warriors Don't Cry" with Melba Pattillo Beals

Held March 18, 2021

Click Here To Watch Recording of Lecture

Melba Patillo Beals, Ed.D., journalist, author and member of the Little Rock Nine — the first group of African American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957 — will speak at Texas Woman’s University’s sixth annual Jamison Lecture, part of the Nancy P. and Thaddeus E. Paup Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “Warriors Don’t Cry,” took place online via live stream.

In her award-winning book, Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Desegregate Little Rock’s Central High School,” Beals gives a detailed, first-hand account of her experience entering the previously all-white school in the face of violent mobs and death threats at the age of 15. In 1999, Congress awarded Beals and the eight other Little Rock Nine members the Congressional Gold Medal — the nation’s highest honor — for their contribution to the Civil Rights movement.

  • This lecture was free and open to the public.
  • Pre-registration was required.
  • Participants received an email with a link to the online event prior to the lecture.
  • A question-and-answer session followed the discussion.

For more information about this event, contact Jonathan Olsen, Ph.D., at jolsen1@twu.edu or 940-898-2133. Read the full press release>>

Dallas Examiner posts recap of 2021 Jamison Lecture with Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals

Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, author of the memoirs Warriors Don’t Cry and March Forward, Girl – but perhaps better known to history as one of The Little Rock Nine – was a recent speaker during the Texas Woman’s University 6th annual Jamison Lecture, which was livestreamed this year.

“I thank you for taking the time to listen. As I’ve said before, the absolute greatest gift you can give any human being on the planet is to listen,” she began. “Listen to them.”


Melba Pattillo Beals

Melba Patillo Beals headshot

Melba Pattillo Beals, EdD, is a retired professor emeritus from Dominican University in California. Congress bestowed The Congressional Medal of Honor on Beals and eight other members of the Little Rock Nine for risking their lives to integrate Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Beals' struggle for equality continued throughout her life. 

She obtained a doctorate in international multicultural education in order to support diverse student populations. Beals says, “Education is one major key to personal equality that cannot be taken away.” She has written several award winning books, including “Warriors Don’t Cry.” Her latest two books are “I Will Not Fear” (January 2018) and the prequel to “Warriors,” “March Forward Girl” (January 2018).

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About the Jamison Lecture

This annual lecture is made possible by the Alonzo and Elisabeth Jamison Lectureship Endowment, which assists the TWU Department of History and Political Science in bringing nationally or internationally recognized scholars or civic leaders to the University for a public lecture. The late Alonzo Jamison represented Denton County in the Texas House of Representatives for 14 years, then served on the TWU faculty and as Chair of the Department of History and Government. His wife of 62 years, Elisabeth, was a TWU alumna who also taught at the University.

About the Nancy P. and Thaddeus E. Paup Lecture Series

The Nancy P. and Thaddeus E. Paup Lecture Series was launched in September 2019 to highlight speakers who are bold, innovative and renowned experts in their fields. The Paups, who reside in Fort Worth, are longtime supporters of TWU. Nancy manages and directs business, real estate and ranching interests in Texas. She previously served on the TWU Board of Regents and was elected vice-chair during her tenure. Nancy is an elected member of The Philosophical Society of Texas. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Executive Advisory Committee of The Handbook of Texas Women, and the Board of Directors for the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art. Nancy has raised funds throughout Texas for the arts, higher education and historical preservation. Her academic degrees include master’s and bachelor’s degrees from TWU. Ted is the president of Paup Mineral Management, L.L.C.

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