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No. 41 ☆ Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957. Born on November 11, 1914, in Huttig, Arkansas, she married journalist Christopher Bates and they operated a weekly African-American newspaper, the Arkansas State Press. Bates became president of the Arkansas chapter of the NAACP and played a crucial role in the fight against segregation as her home became the headquarters for the battle to integrate Central High School and she served as a personal advocate and supporter to the students.

As a public and highly vocal supporter of many of the programs of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Bates was selected in 1952 to serve as the president of the state conference of the organization’s Arkansas branch. After the U.S. Supreme Court deemed segregation unconstitutional in 1954, she led the NAACP’s protest against the Little Rock school board’s plan for slow integration of the public schools.

She personally began taking black children to the white public schools, accompanied by newspaper photographers who recorded each instance when the children were refused admission. This intense pressure induced the school board to announce its plan to commence desegregation at Central High School in September 1957.

On September 25, the day after President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered all Arkansas National Guard units and 1,000 paratroopers to enforce integration of the school, Bates and the students were escorted safely into the school. She continued to be an advocate for the students throughout their time at the school. Bates autobiograpy,“The Long Shadow of Little Rock,” documents the accounts.

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“You can jail revolutionaries, but you can’t jail a revolution.” ~ Fred Hampton

With so many similarities between what happened then and what’s occurring today, it SHOULD be easy to organize for the best interest of our communities.

#Repost @PanthersDoc “Hampton struggled against the same problems black America faces today, and lost his life for it. His life mattered.” - @theGrio

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No. 18 ☆ Billie “Lady Day” Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan) was one of the greatest American jazz singers. Holiday’s career spanned nearly 30 years before the twin demons of alcoholism and drug addiction took her voice and, ultimately, her life at the young age of 44. Her mournful rendition of “Strange Fruit,” a song bespeaking the horrors of black lynching in America, is considered the race’s first political protest song.

 Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and popsinging. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Holiday was known for her vocal delivery and improvisation skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education.

Despite her personal problems, Holiday remained a major star in the jazz world—and even in popular music as well. She appeared with her idol Louis Armstrong in the 1947 film New Orleans, albeit playing the role of a maid.

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