Daisy Bates Education Institute: December 5-6, 2012

Daisy Bates

"Finding Our Way Back To First"

The NAACP Daisy Bates Education Summit honors the late Daisy Bates, former president of the Arkansas State Conference of the NAACP and advisor in 1957 to the Little Rock Nine, the students who braved hostile opponents of integration to Central High School.  Despite mob threats and intimidation, cross burnings on her property, and other acts of attempted violence, Mrs. Bates persisted because of her strong beliefs. The 2012 Daisy Bates Summit will convene grassroots organizers  from across the country in early December to focus on moving the NAACP’s education agenda forward with a combination of traditional and innovative education organizing techniques conducted in concert with local allies.

This summit serves as an integral part of our year-round training regimen for state and unit Education Chairs, helping them to build capacity to address local education issues.  

The summit will focus on the four-part agenda developed at our retreat in 2010 and amplified at regional conferences and the National Convention throughout 2012: securing access for disadvantaged and students of color to great teaching, fair discipline, equitable resources and a college and career ready curriculum.

This year’s Daisy Bates Summit will also feature two events honoring Dr. Maxine A. Smith, Chairman Emeritus of the Education Committee of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and former Executive Secretary of the Memphis Branch. During a reception and tour Thursday at the National Civil Rights Museum and a gala dinner Friday at the Hilton, Memphis, Summit attendees will celebrate Dr. Smith’s exemplary legacy as a freedom fighter for education justice in Tennessee and nationwide.

The 2012 Daisy Bates Summit will be held Wednesday, December 5—Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC.