Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock is the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise ‘84 to unravel the life of a forgotten civil rights activist. Beautiful, glamorous and articulate, Daisy Bates was a fearless, unconventional and egotistical visionary in her quest for justice. She became a household name in 1957 when she fought for the right of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her public support culminated in a constitutional crisis—pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. La Cruise, the film’s producer and director, has worked in television and film for 20 years, both in the corporate and production aspects of the business. She holds an M.A. in Television Journalism from New York University and a B.A. in History from Adelphi.
La Cruise will participate in a talk-back panel after the film.