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Central: A mother-daughter story 

UPDATE: We now have the video, in its entirety, available on our media player

Following are links and descriptions of the videos.

Part 1 (8 min., 32 sec.): www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHbnLFX-jD4 -- Spirit and Minnijean talk about the value of education -- both in and out of the classroom. Included are Spirit's thoughts on being "mixed race," and her painful memories of other black students telling her she wasn't "black enough" when she was in high school. "When we came down (to Little Rock) in '97 for the 40th anniversary, I said, 'Here I am flunking out of my math class, and my mother was changing the world when she was 15...'" -- Spirit Trickey


Part 2 (6 min., 22 sec.): www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGfjoDb8YOw -- Spirit asks Minnijean how she feels about her daughter working at Central High School National Historic Site, and whether she would have been able to send her own children to Central High School had she been a parent in 1957. Later, Minnijean talks about her disillusionment over the unresponsiveness of the current government, and how it has made her think protest might not be of any use in modern America. "If you really want to know the truth, this sort of cultural, language, class segregation that's so much a part of our entire society -- to me -- is more frightening than going to Central in 1957." -- Minnijean Brown Trickey


Part 3 (8 min., 10 sec.): www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQuDm42xWcA -- Minnijean and Spirit discuss ways to resist racism, and how to manifest an anti-racist attitude when the divide between black and whites seems so wide. Spirit talks about befriending international students at school because she didn't fit into the black or white "box." Later, Minnijean and Spirit talk about the 300 year legacy of slavery, and whether there can ever be true reconciliation between blacks and whites. "What we learned is: don't talk about it. Be about it." -- Spirit Trickey


Part 4 (8 min., 3 sec.): www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiUg_ri9Qzg - Spirit and Minnijean talk about the 50th anniversary of the Central High School Crisis, animosity between the races in America, and whether civil rights movement leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. would be disappointed in our progress. As an example of the willingness of blacks to forgive and accept whites, Spirit talks about her husband Tre -- who is white -- and how her grandmother accepted him "with open arms" even though she lived much of her life in the time of institutionalized racism. "To me, that's what I call progress. You'd think someone like Granny would be bitter or mad or angry, but she's not. I try to explain to kids that the reason why you guys, the Little Rock Nine, didn't go nuts or whatever is because you guys followed the principles of non-violence. And I don't think that you'd be able to (do) that if you didn't follow the principles of love...." -- Spirit Trickey


Part 5 (5 min., 43 sec.): www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBtyWDdpeTg -- Minnijean and Spirit talk about modern revisionists and their view of slavery and Jim Crow-era racism, their own differing views about the forces at work in 1950s America, and the increasingly more-erroneous idea that the portrait of America is white, middle class and male


Part 6 (4 min., 56 sec.): www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy614Tw989o -- Conclusion. Spirit and Minnijean discuss the current political climate, and whether political division in America helps feed animosity between whites and blacks. Spirit talks about the irony of telling students visiting the Central High School National Historic Site that segregation ended in 1954, when the school groups she talks to are usually either overwhelmingly black or overwhelmingly white.



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