Time Period: (November 11, 1914 – November 4, 1999)
Honorary degree from the University of Arkansas
Timeline of Daisy Bates:
- Was born on November 11,1914 in Huttig, Arkansas.
- By the murder of her mother and the disappearance of her father. Daisy was raised by family friends.
- Developed a disdain for discrimination, when an incident happened with a local butcher, when she was younger.
- Bates met Lucious Christopher. The couple got married in the early 40's and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas
- Together they operated the Arkansas State Press, a African-American newspaper that championed civil rights.
- Bates joined the civil rights movement.
- Daisy became the president of Arkansas chapter of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People.
- As the head of the NAACP's Arkansas Branch, Bates played a crucial role in the fight against segregation.
- In 1954 only African American students who tried to enroll in white schools were turned away in Arkansas.
- Bates and her husband chronicled this battle in their newspaper.
- She helped nine African-American students to become the first to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, who became Little Rock Nine.
- The newspaper she and her husband worked on was closed in 1959 because of low advertising revenue.
- Her account of the school integration battle was published as The Long Shadow of Little Rock.
- She moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the Democratic National Committee and on antipoverty projects for the Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration.
- Returned back to Little Rock.
- Spent much of her time on community programs.
- After her husband passed away, she revived their newspaper for serveral years, from (1984-1988).
- Daisy Lee Bates died on November 4, 1999, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Quote by Daisy Lee Bates:
~No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies~