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West Coast Leaf's 28th Annual Equality Breakfast
Celebrate International Women’s Day with West Coast LEAF’s 28th Annual Equality Breakfast.
Keynote speaker: Minnijean Brown Trickey
We are extremely honoured to present Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the nine Black high school students who bravely desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957.
For those of us too young to remember, the US Supreme Court had ruled segregated schools unconstitutional in its landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling; three years later, states in the South finally began to face the reality of federally mandated integration. A crisis erupted when the Governor of Arkansas called in the National Guard on September 4 1957 to prevent the Little Rock Nine from attending high school. The actions of these courageous teenagers are widely regarded as a watershed moment in the civil rights movement.
This act of determination was Minnijean’s first step on the path of social and political activism: she’s gone on to fight for minority rights and environmental justice in both Canada and the US. With lifelong commitment to peacemaking, youth leadership, gender and social justice advocacy, she inspires countless people with her story, urging them to put themselves on the line in the fight against social, economic, and racial justice.
DATE: Tuesday March 3, 2015
TIME: 7am-9am (Doors at 6:30am)
LOCATION: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
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