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Published January 20, 2014, 04:59 PM

Member of the Little Rock Nine spoke at Concordia College Monday afternoon

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A barrier breaking civil rights leader helped others celebrate another iconic leader today.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A barrier breaking civil rights leader helped others celebrate another iconic leader today.

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one of the Little Rock Nine spoke at Concordia College.

Minnijean Brown-Tricket, who in 1957 walked past armed guards and an angry mob to begin desegregation at a Little Rock Arkansas High School, stood in front of a standing room only student crowd in Moorhead.

Brown-Tricket says her motivation today is the same as King's was, pushing youth to not be complacent.

She says she is now wise enough to understand the complexity of the situation back in 1957, and hopes students continue passing MLK's message of equality.

Minnijean Brown-Tricket/Civil Rights Leader: "History is more beautiful and more terrible than we know so little rock was more beautiful and more terrible than we know">

Brown-Tricket says the only way oppression works is through laws and power.

She says America has come a long way, but equality is still not fully here.

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