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  • Daisy Bates was a feminist before the term was coined.

    Daisy Bates was a feminist before the term was coined.

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  • A civil rights hero who put her life on the line.

    A civil rights hero who put her life on the line.

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  • Turning a childhood tragedy into the pursuit of justice.

    Turning a childhood tragedy into the pursuit of justice.

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  • Retiring from the struggle, but not from the cause.

    Retiring from the struggle, but not from the cause.

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  • The driving force behind Daisy Bates's activism was the murder of her mother.

    The driving force behind Daisy Bates's activism was the murder of her mother.

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  • Daisy Bates with the Little Rock Nine

    Daisy Bates with the Little Rock Nine

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  • Daisy Bates in Memphis, 1958

    Daisy Bates in Memphis, 1958

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  • Daisy Bates

    Daisy Bates

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  • Daisy Bates in a parade

    Daisy Bates in a parade

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  • Daisy Bates picketing in Little Rock

    Daisy Bates picketing in Little Rock

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The Film

As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.

The Filmmakers

  1. Sharon La CruiseProducer/Director
  2. Noland WalkerProducer