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When you think about prominent women of the civil rights movement who comes to mind? Rosa Parks? Mary McCloud Bethune? Fannie Lou Hamer?

Although women in the movement were oftentimes marginalized, black women played an integral role in the fight for civil rights. One such woman was Arkansas’ Daisy Bates.

Daisy Bates was the head of the Arkansas NAACP and led the fight to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School. Along with being partly responsible for desegregating the schools, Bates was a staunch feminist, a newspaper publisher, and a self-educated woman. Despite being an American hero, very few people outside of Arkansas know about her contributions to civil rights.

Recently filmmaker Sharon La Cruise brought Daisey Bates’ story to film and is spreading the word about this true civil rights leader.

Watch “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” and share it with everyone you know! 

Watch Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

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