Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey | Chicago Reader

Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey

Rob Thompson's engrossing video documentary (2001) chronicles the life of one of the “Little Rock Nine,” the group of black students who withstood mob violence and institutional racism to integrate an all-white Arkansas high school in 1957 (with backup from the National Guard). Framed by the 40th anniversary of the event, the movie portrays Trickey as a habitual outsider, tracing her transformation from a beautiful, defiant teenager to a passionate social activist living on a farm in northern Canada. Though its documentary integrity is compromised by historical simulations and undue reticence about the breakup of Trickey's marriage, it does a good job of conveying the emotional costs of a life spent on the political front lines. 52 min.

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