MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Ahead of the Martin Luther King Junior holiday, the Miami Heat partnered up with several organizations for a luncheon to kick off a weekend of service to honor the civil rights leader.

The guest speaker, Minnijean Brown-Trickey, was part of history.

Brown-Trickey was one of the Little Rock Nine.

As a teen, she and eight others were integrated at Little Rock Central High School. The case followed the Brown v. Board of Education decision which led to public schools being desegregated.

CBS4 photo journalist Rafael Murciano was at the event.

“We were so scared but thank goodness the old pictures don’t show that you’re shaking in your boots,” said Brown-Trickey.

“My heart was broken because as an American child, I pledged every allegiance and I stood up for anthems, and I’ve been told I lived in the best place on Earth.”

She went on and spoke about how she couldn’t believe people did what they did.

“Dr. King gave the world something, he brought us the message for thriving as people,” she said.

 

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