Bates, Daisy

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Birth 1914-11-11
Death 1999-11-04

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Arkansas-born social activist and author. Born Daisy Lee Gatson, she married L. Christopher Bates, publisher of the Arkansas State Press, in 1942. The couple lived in Little Rock (Pulaski County) where they published their newspaper and were active in the Arkansas State Conference of the NAACP. Mrs. Bates became the advisor to the Little Rock Nine, the first group to integrate Central High School in 1957. Following the writing of her memoirs in 1960, Mrs. Bates worked for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. and, in 1968, moved to Mitchellville (Desha County) Arkansas where she helped organize the Mitchellville Office of Economic Opportunity Self-Help Project.

From the description of Daisy Bates papers, 1948-1986 (University of Arkansas - Fayetteville). WorldCat record id: 28538099

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