Minnijean Brown Trickey was only sixteen years old when she became involved in one of the most pivotal acts of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century. As one of The Little Rock Nine, she along with eight other Black American teenagers, defied death threats, hostile white demonstrators, and even the Arkansas National Guard, to attend the all-white Little Rock Central High in 1957. Rising above the adversity, she took a courageous step that not only changed her life and education, but the lives and educations of African Americans around the country.
This seminal event in American history was just the beginning of Brown Trickey’s long career as a crusader for civil rights. She has spent her life fighting for the rights of minority groups and the dispossessed. She served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Workforce Diversity at the Department of the Interior. As a consultant, she has trained nationally and internationally in anti-racism, diversity, feminist research, cross-cultural communications and organizational change.
She has been a facilitator/teacher for the Sojourn to the Past Project, a civil rights education program, which offers students, educators and parents the opportunity to travel for ten days through the South and visit some of the most dramatic sites and hear from speakers that lived through the civil rights movement.
Brown Trickey is the recipient of numerous awards for her community work for social justice including: Lifetime Achievement Tribute by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation; the International Wolf Project Award for contributions to racial harmony; and with the Little Rock Nine, she received the NAACP Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal. Today as a teacher, writer and lecturer she continues to promote the theory and practice of nonviolence as means toward social change. Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown is an acclaimed documentary that follows her life of passionate social activism and recognizes a woman, who through her own experience and courage, has moved history forward.