Episode 14, Season 3 / Feb 15, 2024

Daisy Bates in Mitchellville

Mitchellville, Arkansas: Part Two

The Prologue

The Prologue

Join producer Christian Leus for part two of our story about Mitchellville, Arkansas, as she explores the history and legacy of the Mitchellville Self-Help Project, led by Daisy Bates. This episode is supported by the Arkansas Humanities Council.

Beyond The Prologue

From the Archive: The legacy of Daisy Bates

Our archive features many pieces that explore and reckon with the legacy of Daisy Bates’s civil rights work in Arkansas and beyond. In 2013, Janis F. Kearney wrote about her experience meeting Bates in 1969. Central High alum Frederick McKindra’s essay "Becoming Integrated" was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2018. In season one of Points South, we featured a performance of the No Tears Suite, an original jazz composition commissioned by the OA to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock’s Central High School.

Thank You

This episode was produced by Sara A. Lewis, Christian Leus, and Zandria F. Robinson. Thank you to Dr. Melissa Stuckey, Dr. Danielle Purifoy, and Dr. Misti Harper. Thanks to Essie and Terrence Williams and to the Desha County Library. Post-production and score thanks to Curtis Fye and Trey Pollard of Spacebomb. This episode is supported by the Arkansas Humanities Council.