Bates and her husband were important figures in the Little Rock Integration Crisis in 1957. The Bates published a local black newspaper, the Arksansas State Press, which advertised the violations of the Supreme Courts desegration rulings. She guided and advised the nine students, known as Little Rock Nine, when they attempted to enroll in an all white school. Ultimately, the Little Rock Nine were able to attend Central High, and many of them went on to impressive careers. The price for her husband and herself was high, and the advertisers caused the local black newspaper to dry up quickly.
It was forced to shut down in 1959. Daisy Bates received many honors and rewards. In 1988 she received the American book award and Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in the University of Arksansas, 1984. Arkansas has established the third Monday in February as George Washingtons Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day, which is an official state holiday. Also, the Daisy Bates Elementary School in Little Rock is named in her honor. Bates proves to be an strong independent woman, and an Africa American rights activist in the civil rights movement. She died on November 4, 1999(aged 84).