New York: David McKay Company, Inc., 1962. 2nd Printing. Hardcover. Octavo size, 252 pp., inscribed by Dunbar Ogden. Near fine / very good. Item #18040804
Daisy Lee Gatson Bates (1914-1999) was a pioneering civil rights activist, as well as a newspaper founder and publisher. Despite the tragic loss of her mother, abandonment by her father, impoverished childhood, and poor access to formal education, Bates managed to achieve a deep knowledge of business, law and education at the "Arkansas State Press," the weekly publication she founded. In 1952 Bates became president of the Arkansas Conference of Branches of the NAACP, so by 1957 she was ready to support the Little Rock Nine when the decision was passed to desegragate Arkansas' schools. Her work to prepare the Little Rock Nine for the terrors they would endure during the crisis earned her respect and accolades.
She was awarded the Spingarn Medal with the Little Rock Nine at their insistence in 1958, and she was the only woman to speak on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in 1963, and after her death she was the first African American to rest in state in Arkansas' capitol building. Her memoir is written with the humilty and passion befitting a woman with her legacy, and is the best and most accurate account of the events in Little Rock during the segregationist battle.
This volume is the second printing of Bates' book, and is inscribed by Dunbar Ogden on the front free endpaper as follows: "Presented with love / to our dear ones / the Söhnchen's / from / Dorothy and Dunbar / Charleston, W. Va. / October 1964." Dunbar H. Ogden, Jr. (1902-1978) accompanied the Little Rock Nine from Daisy Bates's home up to the line of National Guardsmen at Central High, thereby "stepping into the history books and into the middle of a controversy that would impact the rest of his life". A white minister who worked tirelessly for desegregation, he knew Bates and, as the politically charged school year progressed, they together ran a meeting known as "the Thursday Group", an interracial gathering and the forerunner of modern support groups (n.b., quote and information from the web site of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas).
___DESCRIPTION: Full orange cloth, black lettering on the spine, sixteen pages of glossy black-and-white photo reproductions; octavo size (8.25" by 5.5"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xv [xvi-xviii] 1-234, inscribed by Dunbar Ogden as mentioned above on the front free endpaper. In the original pictorial dust jacket, with white lettering on the front panel and spine, a review blurb on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and reviews of the book on the rear flap (including one by Langston Hughes); the dust jacket is not price clipped with the original price of $4.95 on the front flap, which was subsequent lightly crossed out in pencil with "3.00" written beneath.
___CONDITION: Near fine overall, with clean boards, the corners unrubbed, the text block strong and square with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and some pencilled prior owner markings on pp. 65-66 (which almost appear as thought someone were editing the text); some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the bottom edges of the boards, and top corners are very gently bumped, else fine. The dust jacket is very good, unclipped, clean overall with bright colours, overall edge wear with slight chipping to the head and tail of the spine and to the corners, and there is a small spot of soiling to the interior of the spine.
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