Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock is the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to unravel the life of a forgotten civil rights activist named Daisy Bates. Beautiful, glamorous and articulate, Bates was fearless in her quest for justice, stepping into the spotlight to bring national attention to issues - and some say herself. Unconventional and egotistical, she became a household name in 1957 when she fought for the right of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her public support culminated in a constitutional crisis - pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. As head of the Arkansas NAACP and protector of the nine students, Bates would achieve instant fame as the drama played out on national television and in newspapers around the world. But that fame would prove fleeting and Bates would pay a hefty price for her attempts to remain relevant. The film travels with Daisy Bates on... Written by
Sharon La Cruise
Did You Know?
When Daisy Bates lived in New York in the 1960s she developed a community of friends and acquaintances that included: Thurgood Marshall (future Supreme Court justice), Alex Hailey (author, Roots), Langston Hughes (poet), Lorraine Hansberry (playwright), Malcolm X, Dr. Kenneth Clark (sociologist), Fannie Hurst (author), and Dr. Otto Nathan (sole Executor of Albert Einstein's Estate) See more