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EMU 34th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration Keynote Lecture: Dr. Terrence J. Roberts

  • Dates: January 20, 2020
  • Location: Eastern Michigan University Student Center Auditorium
  • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Price: Free
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Terrence J. Roberts Ph.D is one of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957, following the 1955 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Brown v. Board of Education case to integrate schools.  As a 15 year old eleventh grader, he joined eight other students who were chosen after an intensive selection process and became one of the first nine black students to go to a formerly segregated large public high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.

In 1999, President Clinton awarded Dr. Roberts, along with other members of the Little Rock Nine, the Congressional Gold Medal, the country’s highest award for civilian contributions to society.

In 2009, Dr. Roberts published his memoir, “Lessons from Little Rock”. The following year, he published a second book, “Simple Not Easy: Reflections on Community Social Responsibility and Tolerance”. These works are as relevant today as they were when he authored them.