Former Little Rock Nine student now a psychologist to give presentation here Feb. 2

He was one of nine students who made history in 1957 for integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

Dr. Terrance Roberts, who is now a psychologist working with issues of education and desegregation, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, in Tennessee Tech University’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

A part of the university’s Black History Month commemoration, Roberts’ topic will be “Lessons from Little Rock.”

“In this presentation, I will explore salient lessons from Little Rock, 1957, that inform our decision-making in the twenty-first century,” Roberts said. “We continue to be confused by the construct of race; our concept of community is embryonic, the primary tasks of culture elude us, and our spiritual compass seems to be in great need of calibration.

“Public schools are becoming resegregated and private, uniracial schools are cluttering the horizon,” he continued. “The lessons from Little Rock can lead us to greater understanding and awareness about these issues.”

Now co-chairperson of the master’s in psychology program at Antioch University, Roberts earned his undergraduate degree from California State University at Los Angeles and his master’s degree from UCLA. He earned a doctorate in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

In addition to being a much sought-after speaker, Roberts also leads a management consultant group dedicated to improving human relations in the work place.

Since 1998, he has been the official desegregation consultant for the Little Rock, Ark., School District, and he provides similar services to other school districts around the nation.

A Center Stage event co-sponsored by TTU’s Minority Affairs Office, his presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information about Roberts’ appearance, call Minority Affairs at 931/372-3392.

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