City – Melba Pattillo Beals, a member of
the Little Rock Nine and a Congressional Gold
Medal winner is the featured speaker at Daly
City’s 3rd Annual Women of Excellence Awards
Celebration. The breakfast event begins at 8:30
a.m., Thursday, March 1, at Boulevard Café,
2 Poncetta Drive, Daly City. The theme of this
year’s event is Generations of Women Moving
History Forward – commemorating the 50th anniversary
of the integration of Central High School in
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Beals was one of nine African American students
who entered Central High on September 23, 1957
– several years after the Supreme Court ruled
that segregation was illegal. Nevertheless,
Beals and the other eight African American students
were met by an angry mob of white protestors
that morning. The Little Rock Nine’s courageous
act went down in history as one of the defining
moments of the American Civil Rights movement.
are excited to have Melba Beals as our special
guest speaker,” said Leslie Peay Heckman, the
event’s coordinator. “This year marks the 50th
anniversary of the Little Rock Nine. It seems
especially fitting that we commemorate the anniversary
at our Women of Excellence Celebration.”
a celebrated author and journalist, lives in
the Bay Area. She wrote the acclaimed book,
Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the
Battle to Integrate Little Rock Central High
School, recounting her experiences as a teenager
at the center of the Civil Rights struggle.
Her latest book, White is a State of Mind, is
a sequel chronicling her life after the life
changing Central High experience.
Women of Excellence Awards Celebration is an
annual event organized by the City’s Parks and
Recreation Department to honor the achievements
of local women. This year women will be feted
in four categories; Young Woman of Promise (14
to 21 years),
of Excellence (21 years and older), Unsung Hero,
and the posthumous Honorary Historical Award.
Women of Excellence event will feature entertainment,
historical trivia, and networking opportunities
in addition to a buffet breakfast. For ticket
information, contact the Daly City Parks and
Recreation Department at (650) 991-8190.