Marny Xiong, center, was the daughter of Hmong refugees and an activist in the large Hmong community in St. Paul, Minn.
—Courtesy of Amee Xiong
When Marny Xiong saw an injustice, she was usually among the first to act.
When the multicultural center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus was vandalized in 2006, she organized black, Asian, Latino, and LGBTQ students to convince administrators to conduct one of its first campus climate surveys and start a black studies degree program. She later got a minor in black studies.
In 2008, when Minneapolis’ police department rewarded officer Jason Anderson the medal