About the Film

This film tells the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to investigate 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 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 achieved instant fame as the drama played out on national television and in newspapers around the world. But that fame proved fleeting, and for her attempts to remain relevant, she would pay a hefty price.