Childhood trauma, he never escaped from it and it determined his path in life.
“It’s a fitting legacy to an ordinary man, who will no doubt leave an extraordinary legacy,” Yinka Shonibare said. “We have to honour him with this small event and hopefully, if people can learn about history, and the mistakes of history, they won’t repeat them.”
After the success of the Little Rock Nine, Bates continued to work on improving the status of Black people in the South. Her influential work with school integration brought her national recognition. In 1962, she published her memoirs, The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Eventually, the book would win an American Book Award.
The actress famously turned down a role in The King and I, because she refused to play the role of a slave. The actress was very outspoken about her frustration with the lack of roles available to her in Hollywood, and her decision to refuse a starring role in a major picture emphasized that.