The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine (Hardcover)

Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

By Dennis Brindell Fradin, Judith Bloom Fradin

Clarion Books, 9780618315567, 192pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2004



The life of civil rights leader Daisy Bates is vividly detailed in this stirring new biography by an acclaimed husband-wife team. Throughout her life, Daisy Bates worked tirelessly for civil rights as an activist, journalist, and organizer. She first captured national attention as the mentor of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. During this crisis President Dwight Eisenhower was forced to use federal troops to insure the admission of the students, who became known as the Little Rock Nine. In 1999, just hours after her funeral, President Bill Clinton bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal on the Little Rock Nine, and two years later Daisy Bates was honored by a state holiday in Arkansas.
In this noteworthy companion to their other distinguished biographies of African Americans, Dennis and Judith Fradin have drawn upon a trove of archival material including papers, correspondence, and photographs of her life and work. They also interviewed some of her living relatives and members of the Little Rock Nine. The result is a compelling, inspiring book about the courage and determination of one woman in the face of prejudice and intolerance. Endnotes, bibliography, index.

Praise For The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

"Hard-hitting account...readers will come away with...clear-eyed appreciation for the Little Rock Nine's characters and accomplishments." KIRKUS REVIEWS, Starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Scrupulously documented storytelling and poignant journalistic photos sharply evoke the experiences of the beleaguered Nine and their mentor" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

" An outstanding and passionate biography...powerful photos...
compelling...clearly demonstates that one person can indeed make a difference." SLJ, starred School Library Journal, Starred