Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Sharon La Cruise

2.15.2012

Sharon La Cruise

Sharon La Cruise, a producer and director, has worked in television and film for twenty years, both in the corporate and production aspects of the business. She began her television career with ABC Primetime sales, working closely with the account executives and advertising agencies. She has worked for Firelight Media, Roja Productions, The Faith Project, Blackside Inc, The Coca-Cola Company, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and the Cable News Network (CNN). She has worked on: Shut up & Sing, Going Up River: The Long War of John Kerry, Beyond Brown: Pursing the Promise, Citizen King, Matters of Race, This Far By Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys, The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, and CNN’s Through the Lens, The Road to the White House and The Planetary Police. In addition, La Cruise worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation in the Freedom of Expression unit for four years. She is a judge for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards and a member of New York Women in Film. She holds an M.A. degree in television journalism from New York University, and a B.A. in history from Adelphi University.

In her new film, "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock," Sharon La Cruise tells the story of her seven-year journey to unravel the life of Bates, a civil rights activist who played a key role as an adviser to the Little Rock Nine in the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School. The film aired on PBS on February 2. At the Clinton School, La Cruise discusses her film making process and what she learned about Bates and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas.