Trailblazer Melba Pattillo Beals
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: Meet Melba Pattillo Beals PhD., member of the Little Rock Nine, and trailblazer for civil rights.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: Trailblazer-1**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have students research the Little Rock 9 to learn more about their story and the trailblazing youth of Melba Pattillo Beals.
  • Have students react to what they learn about the Little Rock 9. How would they describe the character of the students involved? How do they think they would respond in a similar situation?


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.