Letter to Minnijean Brown Trickey's parents from Dwight D. Eisenhower

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This letter, written by President Dwight D. Eisenhower was sent to Willie and Imogene Brown, the parents of Minnijean Brown. 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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