The Impact of One is a documentary based on the compilation of historical research and video remembrances, which explore the life and contributions of Gladys Noel Bates, the teacher and Civil Rights activist who filed the first civil rights law suit in the state of Mississippi.
On March 4, 1948, Gladys Noel Bates filed suit in the United States District Court charging that the Jackson Municipal Separate School District had denied her and other black teachers’ and administrators’ salaries equal to those of whites with similar education and experience. She and her husband were immediately fired for this action. The actions of Mrs. Bates led to the equalization pay act for all teachers. It helped to resolve the inequitable pay rates of Black teachers who worked for one-third to one-half the salary of their white counterparts.