Sunday, February 16, 2014

The First Lady of Little Rock

The story about the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice is that no women spoke (I've said that myself). The fact is three women spoke that day: Rosa Parks, entertainer Josephine Baker and Daisy Bates.
The PBS documentary, "Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock" is her story.

Daisy Bates was the woman who rose to promenance as she guided the Little Rock Nine, and frankly white Little Rock, Arkansas through  the most racially polarized period in its history. As the nine students sought to take advantage the Supreme Courts 1954 Brown v. Board of Education that struck down segregation in schools.

With artful skill and bravery, she led her children through this rough time and they became the first black graduates of Little Rock High School. She's truly one of the Civil Rights Movements unsung heroes.

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