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Bates, Daisy

b. 1914 - d. 1999

Daisy Lee Bates was state president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and served in 1957 as advisor to the “Little Rock Nine,” the students who volunteered to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Earlier she and her husband L. C. Bates had founded the newspaper Arkansas State Press and actively advocated for civil rights. Dr. King supported Bates during the Little Rock crisis and in 1958 asked her to be the Women’s Day speaker at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. That same year she was elected to the executive committee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Bates was the only woman speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote the foreword to her autobiography The Long Shadow of Little Rock.

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Eulogy for Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Victims

This is Dr. King?s eulogy for three of the four young girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. God gives man the right to exercise good and evil, King says, but God wills that everything will happen for the good ? that out of tragedy comes redemption. Martyred in the struggle for freedom, the girls have become symbols of the crusade and of the faith that sustains it. King speaks of forgiving those who murdered the girls and the need to transform the system, the way of life, and the philosophy that led to the bombing.

Flyer for SCLC Mass Meeting

This flyer advertises a 1958 Norfolk, VA SCLC mass meeting.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Event Program

This program outlines the events for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.

The Martin Luther King Column

Dr. King discusses the hardwork and efforts of Daisy Bates and her husband Lucius on behalf of the civil rights movement.

The Martin Luther King Column (2)

Dr. King discusses the hardwork and efforts of Daisy Bates and her husband, Lucius, on behalf of the civil rights movement.