Come to the Stage Aurora Theater and see the movie about a forgotten civil rights activist, writer, publisher and icon who forced Little Rock's Central High School to desegregate – Mrs. Daisy Bates. Stage Aurora Theatrical Company along with Southern Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts presents “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” with Director and Producer, Sharon La Cruise as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The FREE screening will be shown in JAX on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
More about Daisy Bates: In 1954, the United States Supreme Court declared that school segregation was unconstitutional in the landmark case known as Brown v. Board of Education. “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” tells the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, to unravel the life of a forgotten civil rights activist named Daisy Bates. In 1957, Bates became a household name when she fought for the right of nine black students (The Little Rock 9), to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bates’ public support culminated in a constitutional crisis—pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. As head of the Arkansas NAACP and protector of the nine students, Daisy Bates would achieve instant fame as the drama played out on national television and in newspapers around the world. Ultimately the fame would prove fleeting, and for her attempts to remain relevant, she would pay a hefty price. This documentary travels with Daisy Bates on her long and lonely walk, from orphaned child, to newspaperwoman, to national Civil Rights figure, to her last days in Little Rock.
Following the screening of her feature film, “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock,” La Cruise and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker.
The Story of Daisy Bates
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
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