Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Minnijean Brown-Trickey Visits Peru State College

On Tuesday evening of January 18, Minnijean Brown-Trickey addressed in the Peru State College Theater a large crowd of PSC community members as part of the school's Distinguished Speakers' Series, which featured earlier in the term reformed Skinhead Frank Meeink.

Minnijean Brown--one of the members of the Little Rock Nine, Black students who in 1957 challenged racial segregation and entered Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas--discussed her experiences fifty years ago and their significance for those in the audience.

Central High School 2010
I posted photographs from the evening that included a forgiving handshake with a White woman who attended Central High School with those nine Black students, one of the thousands who never actively supported (very few die) or harassed (and hundreds did) Minnijean Brown and her fellow crusaders.

You will also find a thirteen-minute video from this moving evening; the video includes short clips from Minnijean Brown's talk. 

You will find a wealth of material on the internet about the Little Rock Nine, including a You Tube project created by a ninth grader.; and as our speaker suggested, everyone should know all about the Little Rock Nine

In addition, last March, Alpha Chi's convention--which over 350 students from across the country attended--took place in Little Rock.  And the featured speaker was Carlotta Walls LaNier, another of the Little Rock Nine and author of A Mighty Long Way, My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Thank you for posting this online Bill. I could not attend the Minnijean Brown-Trickey visit at PSC but this makes me feel as if I was there in spirit. :)