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Daisy Bates (on left, p.51) (group 1)



Daisy Bates (on left, p.51) (group 1)


Daisy Bates was chosen as an artifact because she was a woman that influenced African American woman positively both before and after the 1950's. She began her political activism with her husband, L.C. Bates, as they created the Arkansas State Press in 1941, a newspaper covering weekly publications of civil rights issues, which grew to be the largest circulating black owned newspaper. Her political activism stretches from the newspaper, to her presidency of the NAACP, to being in the line of fire with her most well known work; Little Rock Nine. Daisy was behind one of the most historic points in Segregation, which occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas, at an all-white high school back in the year 1957. It was she, the president of the NAACP Arkansas chapter, along with chapter members, that took the issue to the school board regarding integration. On September of 1957, nine African American students, recruited by Daisy Bates and others, walked towards the doors of the all-white high school. The white students immediately targeted them as they were pelted with food and other foreign objects; the nine stood their ground. Then, an amazing thing happened. Truman sent in the troops in response to the violence that had transpired. The National Guard guarded the nine, along with Bates at her residence. The artifact was chosen was to truly capture her political involvement even after the 1940’s. Even though she began her activism then, her political career developed significantly in the early 50’s, and we could not due justice to only focus on her early career.




Sept. 12, 1963


Tamara Dujmovic


McCaskill, Barbara. “Daisy Bates.” American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press, 1 Apr. 2010. Web. 2 Dec. 2015.




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“Daisy Bates (on left, p.51) (group 1),” Student Digital Gallery, accessed January 27, 2022,