Minnijean Brown Trickey has lifelong experience and commitment to peacemaking;
environmental issues; developing youth leadership; diversity education and training;
cross-cultural communication; gender and social justice advocacy. Minnijean Brown
Trickey is one of the nine African American students who collectively resisted opposition
to the desegregation to enter Little Rock Central High School in 1957, with protection
from federal troops.

Minnijean’s teaching experience in social work includes Carleton University, and
community colleges in Canada. She served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Workforce Diversity at the Department of Interior. She was the
Shipley Visiting Writer for Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University. For the past
twenty years she has been a nonviolence and antiracism facilitator for Sojourn to the
Past, a ten-day interactive history experience for high school students. She continues as
a teacher, writer and motivational speaker. She is the mother of three sons and three

Brown Trickey is the recipient of numerous awards for her community work for social
justice, including Lifetime Achievement Tribute by the Canadian Race Relations
Foundation, the International Wolf Award for contributions to racial harmony. With the
Little Rock Nine, she received the NAACP Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold
Medal. She is a member of the Little Rock Nine Foundation that awards nine
scholarships bi-annually.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Work in Native Human Services from Laurentian
University and Master of Social Work from Carleton University, in Ontario Canada. She is
the recipient of four Honorary Doctorates.

She is the subject of a documentary, Journey to Little Rock: the Untold Story of Minnijean
Brown Trickey, which has received critical acclaim in international film festivals in Africa,
England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the U.S., South America and Canada. She was featured
in People Magazine, Newsweek, the Ottawa Citizen, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting
Corp, Donahue, CNN, the History Channel Turning Points in History, the HBO
documentary, Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later, and a variety television, radio and print
media. She appeared with the Little Rock Nine on Oprah, Today and numerous other

In 2016, Minnijean donated more than 20 personal objects to the Smithsonian’s National
Museum of American History. The collection includes a Little Rock Central High School
yearbook, a graduation dress, a personal letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a
notice of suspension and photographs. She is a proud mother and grandmother who still
travels globally spreading a message of antiracism, nonviolence, peace and reconciliation.