"Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock" Documentary Screening and Discussion

The NYU Wagner Black Student's Alliance and Wagner's Women Caucus will be screening the documentary "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock" on Monday, February 6, 2012 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm in the Kimmel Center Room 803. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the Director/ Producer Sharon La Cruise, an NYU alumni. Join us to celebrate Black History Month with this documentary  - refreshments will be served.

Synopsis: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to try to unravel the life of a forgotten civil rights activist named Daisy Bates. In 1957, Bates became a household name when she fought for the right of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bates’ public support culminated in a constitutional crisis—pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. As head of the Arkansas NAACP, and protector of the nine students, Daisy Bates would achieve instant fame as the drama played out on national television and in newspapers around the world. But that fame would prove fleeting and for her attempts to remain relevant, she would pay a hefty price.

Bio: Sharon La Cruise, Director/ Producer
Sharon La Cruise has worked in television and film for twenty years, both in the corporate and production aspects of the business. Currently, she is the Producer/ Director of Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, a feature length documentary on civil rights activist Daisy Bates, which will be broadcast February 2012 on PBS' Independent Lens. She began her television career with ABC Primetime sales, working closely with account executives and advertising agencies. She has worked for Blackside Ind., Firelight Media, Roja Productions, The Faith Project, The Coca-Cola Company, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and the Cable News Network (CNN). She has worked on: Shut up and Sing, Going Up River: The Long War of John Kerry, Beyond Brown: Pursing the Promise, Citizen King, Matters of Race, This Far By Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys, The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, and CNN's Through the Lens, The Road to the White House and The Planetary Police. She currently works as an associate for the Ford Foundation in the JustFilms unit. She is a member of the International Documentary Association. She holds an M.A. degree in television journalism from New York University, and a B.A. in history from Adelphi University.