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.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission
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