Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957.
Daisy was 15 when she started dating Lucious Christopher Bates, an insurance salesman who had also worked on newspapers in the South and West. They dated for several months before moving to Little Rock (Pulaski County) in 1941; they were married on March 4, 1942.
In 1952, Daisy Bates was elected president of the Arkansas Conference of NAACP branches.
Born Daisy Lee Gatson Bates
November 11, 1914
Huttig, Union County
Arkansas, USA
Died November 4, 1999 (aged 84)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Newspaper owner
Community organizer
Known for Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957
"Remembering The Legacy...Moving Forward"


1957: As the leader of NAACP branch in Arkansas, Bates guided and advised the nine students, known as the Little Rock Nine, when they attempted to enroll in 1957 at Little Rock Central High School, a previously all-white institution.
1959: The Bates' involvement in the Little Rock Crisis resulted in the loss of much advertising revenue to their newspaper, and it was forced to close in 1959.
1960: In 1960, Daisy Bates moved to New York City and wrote her memoir, The Long Shadow of Little Rock, which won a 1988 National Book Award.
1962: The Long Shadow of Little Rock: A Memoir written by Daisy Bates was first published in 1962.
1968: In 1968 she moved to the rural black community of Mitchellville in Desha County, eastern Arkansas.
1998: In 1998, a spokeswoman for Bates stated that Bates had felt guilty for her failure to notify one of the young ladies, Elizabeth Eckford, that they were delaying the entrance into Central High School.
1999: Bates died in Little Rock on November 4, 1999.

On November 9, 2018, the 7th Annual Bates Banquet was held at theWyndham Riverfront, 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, AR. Another fabulous time was enjoyed by all.   If you didn't attend, you missed it this year! Food, Fun, Fellowship! Keep checking  our Face Book page to be informed on future events to come.  

 Tours can still be scheduled by calling;
(501) 375-1957 

​Bates Banquet Committee
Special thanks to
Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock
2 Riverfront Place North Little Rock
(501) 371-9000

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