Minnijean Brown-Trickey, a member of the infamousLittle Rock Nine,will presentReturn to Little Rockduring the West Virginia University Festival of Ideas on Thursday, Feb. 26.
Brown-Trickeys visit to campus coincides with the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom.
Brown-Trickey began her lifelong crusade for civil rights on Sept. 25, 1957. She and eight other African-American teenagers known as theLittle Rock Ninefaced down an angry mob and helped desegregate Central High School in Arkansas.
After retaliating against daily physical and verbal harassment in school, Brown-Trickey was expelled and eventually graduated from New Lincoln High School in New York. She earned her bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University, and in the early 1960s, she moved to Canada with her husband. While there, she earned her masters degree in social work.
Brown-Trickey returned to the U.S. in 1999 and served in the Clinton administration as deputy assistant secretary for diversity in the Department of the Interior. She received the U.S. Congressional Medal for her work fighting for the rights of minority groups and the dispossessed.
She has become known as an expert diversity consultant and has trained nationally and internationally in antiracism, diversity, feminist research and cross-cultural and organizational change. As a teacher, writer and lecturer, she continues to focus on the theory and practice of nonviolence as a means for social change.
She has also been the subject of a documentary,Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown,featured in People and Newsweek and appeared as a guest onOprahand theToday Show.
The Feb. 26 presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Festival of Ideas is produced by WVU Arts&Entertainment. For more information, call 304-293-SHOW or visithttp://www.events.wvu.edu.