In 1941, Daisy Bates and her husband Lucius Christopher Bates founded the Arkansas State Press, a newspaper devoted to advocacy and civil rights. Following the 1954 Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka Supreme Court Decision, Daisy began taking black students to white schools to be registered.

She played a critical and leading role in guiding nine African-American children, known as the Little Rock Nine, to successfully integrate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas in 1957.

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