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Updated: Jan 8, 2019

Our Stories, Our Power.

Minnijean Brown and Little Rock nine friends surrounded by soldiers outside Central High School.

I recently moved to Harlem, New York. I've been in New York going on five years but the move to Harlem is fresh! I was walking on 110th street near Central Park the other day and stopped frozen in my tracks when I looked up at a sign on a building that read "Lincoln Correctional Facility." This building, now a juvenile facility, was the school that my mother, Minnijean Brown Trickey [one of the iconic Little Rock Nine] graduated from in 1958 after being exiled from Central High School during the perilous school desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas. I knew the school was in the area but it hit me like a ton of bricks when I realized how close it was to my new home.

This is incredibly serendipitous because I was born and raised in Canada and did not know my mother's role in US History. Once I learned the story as a teenager, it ignited a burning passion in me that is burning bright to this day. I am passionate about keeping the story of the Little Rock Nine alive for generations to come. I created Roots of the Spirit as a platform to bridge the past with the present. A platform to have honest conversations about "race," racism and injustices that currently permeate our society. I want to be a part of change and this is my way forward. This movement will take a village so PLEASE subscribe to my website, blog and podcast. Together, we can create ripples and with enough force a tsunami force of change. My approach is to be as real, truthful and authentic as possible. As you may know from experience that's not always easy. But I'm going in terrified yet confident that I can help make a difference. Thank you so much in advance for your love and support. Together we are Better. Together we are Free. Love and Roots. xo


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