FSU to Present Dr. Terrence J. Roberts, One of the “Little Rock Nine”
Frostburg State University’s Black Student Alliance will present Dr. Terrence J. Roberts, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” the first group of African-American students to attend Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas three years following the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ruled segregated schools unconstitutional. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Lane University Center Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall, and will be free and open to the public.
When the Little Rock Nine initially tried to enter the high school in September 1957, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus had them blocked by soldiers of the National Guard, and President Eisenhower had to send units of the 101st Airborne Division to safely escort the students. Once the school was integrated, Roberts and the rest of the Little Rock Nine faced daily harassment and discrimination, but he courageously powered through and graduated high school in 1959, then went on to obtain a Ph.D. Today, he is the CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices.
For more information, contact the Diversity Center at 301-687-4050.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Lane Center Manicur Assembly Hall
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg