NAACP Returns to Roots of Activism Daisy Bates Education Summit

The Daisy Bates plan was implemented in 1957, called for the NAACP to register nine black students to attend the previously all-white Little Rock Central High. They were selected on the criteria of excellent grades and attendance. The “Little Rock Nine” consisted of Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford , Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts , Carlotta Walls LaNier, Minnijean Brown, Gloria Ray Karlmark , Thelma Mothershed , and Melba Beals . Daisy Bates, standing econd from left .

The NAACP will be hosting its annual Daisy Bates Education Summit Dec. 2-4 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in Raleigh, NC. The summit will convene grassroots organizers from across the country to train them on how to move the NAACP’s education agenda forward with a combination of traditional and innovative education organizing techniques conducted in concert with local allies. The late Daisy Bates was president of the Arkansas State Conference of the NAACP and the advisor to the Little Rock Nine.  NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous will deliver the keynote address and call for leaders to emulate the work of Daisy Bates. The Daisy Bates plan was implemented in 1957, called for the NAACP to register nine black students to attend the previously all-white Little Rock Central High. They were selected on the criteria of excellent grades and attendance. The “Little Rock Nine” consisted of Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Minnijean Brown, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed and Melba Beals. “Despite mob threats and intimidation and cross burnings on her property, Daisy Bates persisted because of her strong beliefs of a quality education system for America’s children,” said Jealous. “This nation needs comprehensive education reform from pre-kindergarten to college, and now is not the time to sit on the sidelines,” he said. “The only way that we can pull this country out of the great recession is to educate the next generation to compete in a global economy, and that starts with access to a quality, equitable and fair education system. “Throughout this summit the NAACP will address the current problems within our education system, the attempt to re-segregate schools across the country and roll back the clock on the children of this nation.” The NAACP has over 2200 branches, and units and each has an education committee.
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