The power of one : Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

by Fradin, Judith Bloom.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Non Fiction 323 Bat
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  323 Bat
Crafton Public Library Young Adult - Non-Fiction YA 323.092 FRADIN 2004
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Young Adult - Non-Fiction
Call Number  YA 323.092 FRADIN 2004
The life of civil rights leader Daisy Bates is vividly detailed in this stirring new biography by an acclaimed husband-wife team. Throughout her life, Daisy Bates worked tirelessly for civil rights as an activist, journalist, and organizer. She first captured national attention as the mentor of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. During this crisis President Dwight Eisenhower was forced to use federal troops to insure the admission of the students, who became known as the Little Rock Nine. In 1999, just hours after her funeral, President Bill Clinton bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal on the Little Rock Nine, and two years later Daisy Bates was honored by a state holiday in Arkansas.
In this noteworthy companion to their other distinguished biographies of African Americans, Dennis and Judith Fradin have drawn upon a trove of archival material including papers, correspondence, and photographs of her life and work. They also interviewed some of her living relatives and members of the Little Rock Nine. The result is a compelling, inspiring book about the courage and determination of one woman in the face of prejudice and intolerance. Endnotes, bibliography, index.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 8-11. The integration of Little Rock's Central High by nine black teens led one observer to note, "The devil himself could not have been more abhorred by segregationists than Daisy Bates." As president of Arkansas' NAACP during the late 1950s, Bates defied the delaying tactics of the notorious Governor Faubus, demanded protection for the Nine as they braved mobs to attend school, and hosted support sessions to help the trailblazers deal with jeers of "See you later, integrator" and worse. Although the black-and-white design is somewhat prosaic and the cradle-to-grave biographical coverage occasionally seems more comprehensive than necessary, the scrupulously documented storytelling and poignant journalistic photos sharply evoke the experiences of the beleaguered Nine and their mentor, whom supporters dubbed the "Little Rock Joan of Arc." This makes a valuable trio with the husband-and-wife team's other biographies of civil rights activists, Ida B. Wells 0 (2000) and Fight On! Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration 0 (2001). --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Bates, Daisy -- Juvenile literature.
Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.) -- Juvenile literature.
African American women civil rights workers -- Arkansas -- Little Rock -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Civil rights workers -- Arkansas -- Little Rock -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
School integration -- Arkansas -- Little Rock -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Little Rock (Ark.) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :Clarion Books,2004
Contributors Fradin, Dennis B.
Language English
Description xii, 178 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 170-171) and index.
ISBN 061831556X
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