Bates, Daisy, 1914-1999

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Daisy Bates, born Daisy Lee Gatson, born on November 11, 1914, Huttig, Arkansas, was a social activist and author. 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. She 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. Bates died on November 4, 1999, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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creatorOf NONMUSIC RECORDING (COLLECTION) Audio materials, 1956-1977 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Audio materials, 1956-1977 [sound recording]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Stockley, Grif. Grif Stockley collection, 1919-2004. Central Arkansas Library System, Main Library
creatorOf Arkansas History Commission. Daisy and L.C. Bates, January, 1959 [graphic]. Arkansas History Commission
referencedIn March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom John F. Kennedy Library
creatorOf Allen, Nimrod Booker, 1886-1977. Papers 1876-1977. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Arkansas History Commission. Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Bates [graphic]. Arkansas History Commission
referencedIn Counts, I. Wilmer (Ira Wilmer), 1931-. Negro students eat Thanksgiving dinner with Mr. & Mrs. L.C. Bates [graphic] / Will Counts [photographer]. Arkansas History Commission
referencedIn Lorraine Hansberry papers, 1947-1988 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Arkansas History Commission. Mrs. Daisy Bates honored at Fayetteville, Ark., May 12, 1984 [graphic]. Arkansas History Commission
creatorOf Bates, Daisy. Daisy Bates papers, 1948-1986 University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
creatorOf Bates, Daisy. Papers, 1946-1966. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Branton, Wiley A. Papers, 1946-1989. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn University of Arkansas. Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies. Symposium 1987. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn Counts, I. Wilmer (Ira Wilmer), 1931-. Thurgood Marshall, left, Daisy Bates, foreground, and two Negro students leave federal courtroom [graphic] / Will Counts [photographer]. Arkansas History Commission
referencedIn Obsitnik, Larry,. Garfield Parker, Jesse Jackson, Mrs. Daisy Bates and L.C. Bates at the National Black Convention [graphic] / Larry Obsitnik [photographer]. Arkansas History Commission
referencedIn Hansberry, Lorraine, 1930-1965. Lorraine Hansberry papers, 1947-1988. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Papers of Pauli Murray, 1827-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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Arkansas--Little Rock
Arkansas--Little Rock
Little Rock (Ark.)
School integration
High school students
African Americans--Civil rights


Birth 1914-11-11

Death 1999-11-04



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SNAC ID: 12350268