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Celebrating MLK: New Orleans college students host 'Little Rock Nine' member who helped desegregate America's schools

December 13, 2013

Just 56 years ago, Minnijean Brown Trickey joined eight other African-American teenagers to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., as a part of the now-famous “Little Rock Nine.” This January, she will join hundreds of New Orleans college students in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during a free, public event series.

Brown Trickey will speak at Loyola University New Orleans Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Danna Student Center's St. Charles Room as a part of 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace—a four-day celebration running from Friday, Jan. 17 to Monday, Jan. 20.

“Loyola is spearheading the celebration this year, but it is really a combined effort of Loyola, Dillard, Tulane and Xavier universities,” said Robert Reed, assistant vice president for student affairs at Loyola and chair of the MLK committee this year. “The event series is a way for college students and the New Orleans community to keep King’s dream alive more than 50 years after he made that famous speech.”

Events in the series include:

  • A step team competition showcasing the talents of teams from all four universities set for Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium;
  • an after-party of music and dancing at Tulane’s Qatar Auditorium at 9 p.m. immediately following the step competition (open to those with a college student ID only);
  • the MLK convocation and symposium Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. in Loyola’s Danna Student Center, including a keynote speech from Brown Trickey and breakout sessions; and
  • an interfaith service to commemorate King’s legacy set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Dillard’s Lawless Chapel, including performances from a combined university choir and scripture readings.

To close the celebration, more than 700 college students will take to the streets in New Orleans for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Monday, Jan. 20. The students will participate in various community service projects, serving as volunteers around the Crescent City. Loyola’s Office of Mission and Ministry is also partnering with the Archdiocese of New Orleans for the day of service.

To sign up as a project coordinator for the day of service, fill out an online form. Sign up online to participate as a volunteer.

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