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Honoring Daisy Bates

Among the 2016 National Women’s History Month honorees of the National Women’s History Project is Daisy Bates, a civil rights pioneer. is proud to offer two books that feature her. They are:

Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas, a biography chronicling her life and work for racial justice, by Grif Stockley, $31.50, (List price: $35), University of Mississippi Press, ISBN: 9781578068012, pp. 352.

Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965,  an anthology of speeches in which she is represented, edited by Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon, $45,  (List price: $50), University of Mississippi Press, ISBN: 9781604731071, pp. 352.

Daisy Gatson Bates (1914-1999) ran a weekly newspaper, the Arkansas State Press, with her husband, L.C. Bates, and served as president of the Arkansas State Conference of NAACP chapters.

However, she is best known for her role in the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. She advised and mentored the nine black students chosen to break the color barrier. Her home also served as a haven for black journalists from around the country who covered the events surrounding the integration when mobs tried to prevent the students’ entry.

Mrs. Bates was the only woman selected to speak at the 1963 March on Washington. She was later active in voter education as a field organizer for President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, and she worked in anti-poverty programs under Johnson.


A number of books available at document the lives and work of women. Among them are:

Interviews with Betty Friedan, edited by Janann Sherman, $18, (List price: $20), University of Mississippi Press, ISBN: 9781578064809, pp. 224.

Interviews spanning 36 years offer insight into the mind of the author of the 1963 breakthrough book, The Feminine Mystique that earned her a reputation as “the mother of modern feminism.”

Inherit the Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggie’s Will, by Gene Stowe, $19.80, (List price: $22), University of Mississippi Press, ISBN: 9781934110607, pp. 309.

This book details a North Carolina case in which a black man and his daughter inherited a home and other items from the estate of two wealthy white sisters despite relatives’ attempt to contest the will.

Birth Chairs, Midwives, and Medicine, by Amanda Carson Banks, $45, (List price: $50)

University of Mississippi Press, ISBN: 9781578061716, pp. 184.

The author examines how birthing methods and attitudes toward birth have come full circle, returning to an emphasis on natural practices.


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