The 2019 Leadership Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Minnijean Brown Trickey made history as one of the Little Rock Nine, the nine Black students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. She worked as a social activist on behalf on environmental issues, developing youth leadership, and for diversity education and training. Trickey also worked for an interactive traveling initiative called Sojourn to the Past, a ten-day interactive history experience through selected U.S. states with 100 high school students learning about the civil rights movement. Trickey received numerous awards for her community work. In 1999, President Clinton presented the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Little Rock Nine.
The 2019 Memorial Tribute Keynote Speaker, Reena Evers-Everette, Medgar Ever's daughter has made many strides to preserve history. Reena Evers-Everette, Executive Director of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, provides education and civil-engagement programs to showcase Medgar Ever's vision on civil rights. Evers-Everette witnessed her father's assassination in 1963 at their Jackson home when she was 8 years old. The former state field secretary for the NAACP, Medgar Evers made many efforts during the Civil Rights Movement to end racial inequality and social injustice in America. Evers-Everette founded the Medgar and Myrlie Evers institute in 1998, aiming to achieve and secure economic, social, and political justice for people worldwide.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission
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