Minnijean Brown Trickey - Expulsion Appeal Letter to Little Rock School Board, February 17, 1958

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This letter, written to the Little Rock, Arkansas School Board by Willie and Imogene Brown in 1958, appeals the expulsion of their daughter, Minnijean from Central High School. As a 15-year-old girl, Trickey was one of nine African American students who desegregated the Little Rock, Arkansas high school in 1957, three years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregated schools were unconstitutional in the 1954 landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

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