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American activists educate NZ youth on civil rights and discrimination


In other news, two African-American citizens are sharing their stories
of struggle about civil rights in America to secondary school students
throughout the country. As Te Okiwa McLean reports, the duo are sharing
their experiences of racism at school in the 1950s to educate rangatahi Maori
on civil rights. Her story of struggle. In 1957, Minnijean Brown-Trickey was one of the nine students
labelled as the ‘Little Rock Nine’ who had to be supported
by heavily armed troops to go to their high school. That is the exact reason
she and Professor Clarence Lusane has organised a series
of keynote presentations to secondary schools
around the country, to discuss civil rights
and discrimination in the hope our rangatahi, in fact,
all of us, benefit from their experiences
of racism. And now, these kids
have an understanding of racism and how fortunate they are. Here in New Zealand
you can read about these things, but this woman is walking the talk,
which benefits you, this school and this country as well as helping to relate
their history to us, the Maori people. Minnijean has one more thing to say. The duo will be touring around
schools in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. The series comes concludes May 29. Te Okiwa McLean, Te Karere.

Reynold King

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