My Heroes is a new section featuring women and men who’ve made sacrifices or taken up causes to help make this world a better place.*Note: StyleMama will run on alternate Wednesdays
I launch this section with my dear friend, Minnijean Brown Trickey, whose spirit and commitment to change over the course of her life gives me pause.
“There are times when I feel that I’m still fighting the same battles that I was fighting decades ago. I get frustrated and stomp around in my head, but I know that change comes slowly. YOU CAN change your world and your community, but I realize at age 70 that it may require taking baby steps. ” – Minnijean Brown Trickey
Minnijean was part of the Little Rock Nine, a group of black students who collectively resisted opposition to desegregation. It was an event that shaped this country and set her on a quest of activism.
Minnijean is a powerful advocate of non-violence and anti-racism initiatives, but her activism doesn’t stop there. She’s spoken out about the injustices to aboriginal peoples and has protested the clear-cutting of 100 year-old redwoods by chaining herself to them. However, her passion and life’s work has been to “help young people soar.” She dedicates countless hours speaking to students about her experiences during desegregation and facilitates workshops around anti-racism with the aim to motivate young people to be “agents of change.”
At 70, she’s been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Congressional Gold Medal and been the subject of documentaries and news features around the globe. She was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Workforce Diversity by the Clinton Administration. She holds a Bachelor and Masters in Social Work, along with 4 honorary doctorates. Currently, she is an anti-racism facilitator for the SojournProject.org.
More importantly, throughout her years of activism she managed to raise 6 children. Today, she is also a proud grandmother to 5 grandkids.