On January 12, 2012, Nine Community Cinema in St. Louis Missouri held a public screening of “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock,” at the Missouri History Museum. As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.
Nine Academy Community Producer, Ed Reggi recorded these community reactions after the screening.
You can learn more about the Nine Community Cinema film series at: http://www.ninenet.org/community-cinema
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