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Civil Rights Legend to Visit UW-Eau Claire March 10-11

Editors Note: The media is welcome to cover Minnijean Brown Trickey's March 10-11 visit to campus. Reporters who want to interview her can do so immediately before a 5 p.m. March 10 dinner in The Dulany in Davies Center or just prior to the 9 a.m. coffee session March 11 in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, is coordinating the visit. You can reach her at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

RELEASED: Feb. 16, 2009

Minnijean Brown Trickey
Brown Trickey

EAU CLAIRE —A civil rights legend who helped desegregate public schools will meet with students and give a public lecture during a March 10-11 visit to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Minnijean Brown Trickey will present "Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Education and Civil Rights" at 7 p.m. March 10 in Schofield Auditorium. A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Brown Trickey will meet with students for coffee at 9 a.m. March 11 in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. She will then give a lecture for students, faculty and staff at 10 a.m. in Davies Theatre.

As a teenager, Brown Trickey entered the civil rights movement — and American consciousness — through the front doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. As a member of the Little Rock Nine, and in defiance of the state of Arkansas, she took her place in what had previously been a whites-only school.

Walking past armed guards and an angry mob, and in front of a worldwide television audience, Brown Trickey helped desegregate public schools and change the course of education in America.

Groups of UW-Eau Claire students and staff members spent their 2008 spring break and 2009 Winterim break on civil rights pilgrimages, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement, including Central High School in Arkansas. Participants in the 2008 spring break group met Brown Trickey during their trip, laying the groundwork for her upcoming visit to campus.
Brown Trickey will have dinner with the students who participated in the pilgrimage trip when she's on campus March 10.

For her many years as a social activist, Brown Trickey has received the U.S. Congressional Medal and a medal from the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. Under the Clinton administration, she served as deputy assistant secretary for workforce diversity in the Department of the Interior. She also is the subject of two acclaimed documentaries: Journey to Little Rock: the Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey and HBO's Little Rock: 50 Years Later.

Brown Trickey's UW-Eau Claire visit is sponsored by the Student Senate, visiting minority scholar program, history department, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services, University Activities Commission special events, Housing and Residence Life, Student Affairs, women's studies department, Women's and Gender Equity Center and UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

For more information, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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