Minnijean Brown-Trickey: Living the Nonviolence Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, January 25 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Online — Zoom

Minnijean Brown-Trickey has practiced nonviolence as a dedicated strategy of racial justice and social change -- and as a way of life -- since she was a young student in Little Rock, Arkansas. Please join us for this special dialogue with USF President Fr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., USF Adjunct Professor Andrea McEvoy Spero, an educator and activist who develops curriculum and trainings for teachers engaging youth in the historical and current contexts of race, gender and human rights; and USF undergraduate student Metyia Phillips '23, a recent member of the USF McCarthy Fellows in Sacramento Program.

More about Minnijean Brown-Trickey

In September 1957, with the help of Daisy Bates, a prominent civil rights activist in Central Arkansas, Minnijean Brown set out to integrate Little Rock Central High School alongside eight other African American students. After they were assaulted by vicious mobs, and blocked from entering the school by the Arkansas National Guard called in by Governor Orval Faubus, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent 1,200 U.S. paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to escort the “Little Rock Nine” to the school’s front door – desegregating Central High.

Although all of the Nine experienced verbal and physical harassment during their year at Central, Brown was first suspended, and then expelled for retaliating against the daily torment. She moved to New York and lived with Drs. Kenneth B. And Mamie Clark, the African American psychologists whose social science findings played a critical role in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.

In the intervening years, until the present day, Minnijean Brown-Trickey has not ceased to fight for social justice through the principles and methods of nonviolence. We are honored to have her visit our USF community in an intergenerational dialogue to discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, Dr. Andrea Spero and USF student Metyia Phillips.