As a teenager, Minnijean Brown Trickey entered the Civil Rights Movement -- andAmerica's consciousness-- through the front doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a member of the Little Rock Nine, and in defiance of the state, she took her rightful place in what had previously been a whites-only school. Walking past armed guards and an angry mob, and in front of a worldwide television audience, Minnijean helped desegregate public schools -- and change the course of education in America. Incredibly, this was just the beginning of her career as a social activist.
For her work, Minnijean Brown Trickey has received the U.S. Congressional Medal and a medal from the W.E.B. DuBois Institute, among other citations. Under the Clinton administration, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, for diversity. She is also the subject of two acclaimed documentaries: Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey and HBO's Little Rock: 50 Years Later.
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