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“Lessons from Little Rock” examines segregation in schools

Terrence discusses his Lessons from Little Rock
Terrence Roberts

In 1957, Terrence Roberts was 15-years-old when he joined eight other students to try to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. For the “Little Rock Nine,” the days that followed were filled with fear and uncertainty. Roberts will continue the conversation about race and segregation in schools in his presentation titled “Lessons from Little Rock” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium.

In the fall of 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Central High School, and a soldier was assigned to protect each African American student; however, Roberts recalls suffering daily physical and verbal abuse. Roberts went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University. Today, he is CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices.

This presentation is part of the Penn State Berks Arts and Lecture series. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.

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