Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Live Webinar With Civil Rights Activist Minnijean Brown Trickey on Feb. 28

February 17, 2022

Minnijean Brown Trickey

In August 1957, Minnijean Brown and eight classmates – now known as the “Little Rock Nine” – walked past armed guards and an angry mob outside Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School to help set the United States on a path toward public school desegregation, an objective still not fully realized 65 years later. This brave act also ignited a career as a civil rights activist and teacher.

Minnijean Brown Trickey will discuss her life-long social justice work during a live webinar at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28. Her talks are a sweeping exploration of social change and a reminder that the fight is far from over. The program is open free to all; registration is required at www.hvcc.edu/events (scroll to Feb. 28 event). A sign-in link will be emailed to all who register. Call (518) 629-8071 for more information.

In recognition of her enduring fight for equal rights, Brown Trickey received a U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, the Wolf Award, and a medal from the W.E.B. DuBois Institute. Under the Clinton administration, she served as deputy assistant secretary for diversity in the Department of the Interior. She appears in two acclaimed documentaries – “Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey” (2001) and HBO’s “Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later” (2007).

Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker Series, Brown Trickey’s virtual appearance is hosted by Student Activities, the Student Senate, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Cultural Affairs Program at HVCC in recognition of Black History Month.

Contact Debby Gardner at d.gardner@hvcc.edu or (518) 629-8071 for more information.

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