Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

WXXI's Community Cinema invites you to a free screening of a film that tells the story of a woman who refused to accept her assigned place in society.

Join us Sunday, February 19 from 2-4 p.m. for WXXI's Community Cinema presentation of Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. The event , which is also part of WXXI's African American Education Awareness Film Series, is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at WXXI's Studios (280 State Street), and will be followed by a group discussion led by Marsha Jones, President & CEO of 4-1-1 Communications.

As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis -- pitting a  president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.

More about facilitator Marsha Jones:
Marsha Jones is President & CEO of 4-1-1 Communications, a communications/marketing company based in Rochester for the last 20 years. She is the mother of two daughters, Hollis, 15, a sophomore at Eastridge High School, and Peyton, 11, a student at the Irondequoit Middle School. Jones, a graduate of Purdue University, began her writing career as an assistant editor at About...Time magazine. She was in the first class of Urban League Black Scholars in 1980 and was inducted into Fairport High School's Alumni Wall of Fame in 2000. Jones wrote under the moniker "QM" for Gannett Rochester's now defunct website MomsLikeMe.Com. Her work has appeared in regional, local, and national publications. She is the author of two novels, Love Begins With Truth and Win Win. Her third novel, Pins Pals will be out this spring. Her play, GenericMoms debuted this summer with Mood Makers Playwrighting Series. A stroke survivor, Jones is very active in the Rochester community. A former president of the Rochester Association of Black Communicators, she is past president of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists, a founding board member of the High Falls Women's Film Festival, writes The 4-1-1 column for the Challenger Newspaper, serves as an ambassador for the American Heart and Stroke Association, works on Memorial AME Zion's Bishop James Campaign, and was former East Irondequoit Athletic Association Commissioner for Girls Lacrosse. 

Community Cinema is presented by ITVS, funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The African American Education Awareness Film Series sponsored by WXXI, Pothos Productions, Operation Higher Learning, Freedom Trail Commission, USA Youth Soccer Academy, WHTK-1280 “What’s Goin’ on with Brown & Allen”, the Community Place of Greater Rochester, Minority Telecommunications LLC, and Threshold Center at Community Place.

To learn more about Community Cinema, and upcoming films, click here.