Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Statue of Civil Rights Icon Daisy Bates to Stand in U.S. Capitol

Few Arkansans have left legacies as impactful as that of Daisy Gatson Bates. That legacy will be recognized nationally when a statue memorializing her is added this year to the U.S. Capitol collection.

Co-publisher of the Arkansas State Press, president of the Arkansas NAACP, mentor to the Little Rock Nine, author of The Long Shadow of Little Rock, and delegate to the Electoral College, Bates remains an icon of the movement for civil rights for African Americans. In fact, Bates was the only woman asked to formally address the 1963 March on Washington. You can hear her one-minuute speech here.

To learn more about Bates, visit the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Learn more about Arkansas's new statues and who they replace from UALR Public Radio.

This note was produced by the Chancellor's Commission on Women as part of Women's History Month.

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