CONWAY — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 invite the public to a free screening of "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock" as part of Community Cinema at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Roosevelt Thompson Library in Little Rock.
CONWAY — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 invite the public to a free screening of “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” as part of Community Cinema at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Roosevelt Thompson Library in Little Rock.
“Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” is the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to discover the life of a forgotten civil rights activist named Daisy Bates. Beautiful, glamorous and articulate, Bates was fearless in her quest for justice, stepping into the spotlight to bring national attention to civil rights issues.
In 1957, Daisy 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. Bates’s 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, Bates would achieve instant fame as the drama played out on national television and in newspapers around the world.
The film travels with Bates on her long and lonely walk from orphaned child to newspaper woman to national Civil Rights figure to her last days in Little Rock. Bates’s journey, full of triumphs and defeats, parallels the ongoing struggle of generations of African-Americans who have challenged America to live up to what it has claimed to be for more than 200 years.
Roosevelt Thompson Library is located at 38 Rahling Circle. A community discussion will be held following the screening. Additional information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386 or visiting www.aetn.org/engage.
“Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” will air on AETN as part of “Independent Lens” at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 5.
Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.