Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

At a time when women were expected to be silent, she was unafraid to speak the truth.

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Daisy Bates was a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. 

This film tells the story of Bates' life and public support of nine black students - The Little Rock Nine – and her unconventional and revolutionary efforts as a “feminist before the term was invented,” challenging the status quo in a nation polarized by racial prejudice and injustice. 

Watch a preview of Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock below.  

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Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock by Filmmaker Sharon La Cruise.
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Turning a Childhood Tragedy into the Pursuit of Justice

Turning a Childhood Tragedy into the Pursuit of Justice

Daisy Bates reflected on a driving force behind her own activism.

Media Tactics - Daisy Bates Classroom Module

Media Tactics - Daisy Bates Classroom Module

Media-savvy civil rights leader Daisy Bates fought to desegregate schools in Little Rock.

Retiring from the Struggle, But Not From the Cause

Retiring from the Struggle, But Not From the Cause

In later years, Daisy Bates returned to journalism, working tirelessly for the Press.

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