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Arts & Entertainment Forgotten civil rights activist focus of documentary

“Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” unravels the life of Daisy Bates, an Arkansas NAACP representative of the 1950s who supported black students registered to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock. It will screen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Center as part of the Southern Circuit film tour with a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker to follow.Western Carolina University’s Arts and Cultural Events series, or ACE, in collaboration with South Arts, sponsors the tour of independent films and filmmakers that provides communities across the South access to smaller films and opportunities to join film directors in discussion. All Southern Circuit offerings are free and will start at 7:30 p.m. in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. Refreshments and a question-and-answer session with the film’s director will follow.

A forgotten civil rights activist is the subject of a documentary showing Tuesday, March 19. In “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock,” filmmaker Sharon La Cruise unravels the life of Daisy Bates, head of the Arkansas NAACP in the 1950s who protected and showed public support for the nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, resulting in a constitutional crisis. Unconventional, revolutionary, egotistical and a feminist before the term existed, Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society.

The goal of ACE is to bring high-quality, entertaining, thought-provoking arts and cultural events to the WCU campus. For more information about the Southern Circuit film series or other ACE offerings, contact Lori Davis, assistant director for campus activities, at 828-227-3622 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit ACE online at ace.wcu.edu.


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