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Arkansans With Courage: Daisy Bates

Many enjoyed the day off for President's Day however even more significant to Arkansas, the state holiday honoring Civil Rights pioneer Daisy Bates.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Moody Chapel at the AME church on Mabelvale road was full of those taking time to celebrate Daisy Bates Day.

"We're giving recognition of L.C. Bates and Daisy Bates' contribution to the advancement of equal opportunities," said Reverend Marion Humphrey, the president of the Christian Ministeral Alliance.

"Those who don't know their history," he said. "Or forget are bound to repeat it."

Daisy Bates was a key figure during the civil rights movement and acted as mentor to the Little Rock Nine.

"It's important to all the citizens of Arkansas but especially African Americans," Humphrey said. "Because the position we were in in the 50's were critical times for us."

Honoring the past, and how far we've come, but the luncheon also serves the purpose of financially carrying on the Bates' legacy.

"The proceeds of this luncheon will go a long way toward maintenance of their museum," he said.

So future generations will remember Daisy, a woman who fought her whole life for the advancement and equal protections of everyone at a time it was not easy to do so.
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