Civil rights leader Daisy Bates honored at birthday commemoration

    Hundreds gathered at the Clinton School of Public Service Tuesday night to celebrate the birthday of a Little Rock civil rights pioneer. Daisy Bates, who died in 1999, would have turned 100 years old on November 11th. Bates was a mentor to the Little Rock Nine, the first African American students to attend Central High School in 1957. One of those students, Ernest Green, said of Bates, "We had our high moments and our low moments, but Daisy Bates was there in the middle for us. And much like our families she understood how to keep our spirits up and that was tough." Bates went on to publish a book on the Little Rock Nine.

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