The Little Rock Nine
The ‘Little Rock Nine’ were a group of African-American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Bates endured constant harassment; a rock was thrown though her window with the words “Stone this time. Dynamite next” scribbled on a piece of paper. A few months later, her home was bombed.
"Daisy Bates was the poster child of black resistance. She was a quarterback, the coach. We were the players,"
- Ernest Green (One of the Little Rock Nine, the group of students who integrated Central High School)
The Arkansas State Press
She and her husband owned the Arkansas State Press, a weekly newspaper which spoke against racism discrimination and many other discriminations and injustices. In 1986 the University of Arkansas Press republished The Long Shadow of Little Rock, which became the first reprinted edition ever to earn an American Book Award. The following year she sold the newspaper, but continued to act as a consultant.
“The man who never makes a mistake always takes orders from one who does. No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.”
- Daisy Bates
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Daisy Bates Elementary School
Later, she opened Daisy Bates Elementary School and by making the third Monday in February "George Washington's Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day" an official state holiday.