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Daisy Gatson Bates Day – African American History Month 2019 #BlackHistoryMonth

Daisy Lee Gatson Bates dedicated her life to civil rights.

via the National Women’s History Museum

When Daisy Bates was three years old her mother was killed by three white men. Although Bates, was just a child, her biological mother’s death made an emotional and mental imprint on her. The unfortunate death forced Bates to confront racism at an early age and pushed her to dedicate her life to ending racial injustice.

Daisy Bates was born in Huttig, Arkansas in 1914 and raised in a foster home. When she was fifteen, she met her future husband and began travelling with him throughout the South. The couple settled in Little Rock, Arkansas and started their own newspaper. The Arkansas Weekly was one of the only African American newspapers solely dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement. The paper was circulated state wide. Bates not only worked as an editor, but also regularly contributed articles.

Read more and check out the documentary from Sharon La Cruise, Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock for a deeper look into her life.


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