Austin Peay State University will present a play next week about the experiences of one woman during desegregation efforts.
The one-woman play, “Warriors Don’t Cry,” will be performed at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1 in Clement Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The play depicts the experiences of Melba Pattilo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” and the civil rights battle that erupted to integrate schools in Little Rock, Ark.
The events set Beals’ life on a different course. The play includes her experiences as she faced angry, rampant mobs, and shows how combat-ready soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were sent to protect her life.
Presented by the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, the performance is sponsored by the APSU Student Affairs Programs, Women’s 7 Gender Studies, the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center and the African American Studies program.
For more information, call Student Affairs, 931-221-7341. -- Melony Shemberger