Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

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  • About the Film

    Daisy Bates, in a feather hat, speaks in front of several radio microphones in NYC.

    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.

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  • From the Blog

    Sharon La Cruise smiles, standing in the woods with a video camera

    Filmmaker Sharon La Cruise Discusses Daisy Bates and Black History Month

    We caught up with filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to talk about how she came to the project, and why so many people have never heard of this central figure in the civil rights movement.


  • Talkback

    Daisy Bates is seen with the Little Rock 9, some sitting on a sofa and some standing behind it, in a posed press photograph.

    The Little Rock Nine faced unimaginable verbal abuse and threats to their very lives. Was it ethical for Bates’s NAACP to put children on the front lines of the desegregation battle — even if they volunteered to be there or chose to be there?

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