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Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was a civil rights activist who played an integral role in the integration of Arkansas schools. She was a mentor to the Little Rock Nine, she and her husband also published the Arkansas State Press a revolutionary newspaper that dealt with civil rights and other issues in the black community.

In 2012, PBS released Daisy Gates: First Lady of Little Rock, covering her life and work.

In 1957, Daisy Bates became a household name when she fought for the right of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bates’s 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, Daisy 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 for her attempts to remain relevant, she would pay a hefty price.

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