LCCC to Host Civil Rights Activist Dr. Terrence Roberts, Member of “Little Rock Nine”, on Jan. 18, 2016  

published Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and the LCCC Student Government Association will host civil rights activist Dr. Terrence Roberts at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Scheller-Woodman Community Services Center on LCCC’s main campus in Schnecksville, Pa. The event is free and open to the public.

Roberts was one of the “Little Rock Nine,” the first group of African American students who, in 1957, enrolled at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Roberts was 15 years old and in the 11th grade. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent U.S. Army troops to accompany the students to school for protection. The troops were stationed at the school for the entirety of the school year.

Roberts' 2009 memoir, “Lessons from Little Rock,” details his childhood in the segregated South. The memoir serves as a testament to strength and fortitude of the members of the "Little Rock Nine."

In 1999, the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton, the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress. The group was featured prominently at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Los Angeles and his master’s degree in social work from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his doctorate in psychology from Southern Illinois University.

Today, Roberts is principal of the management-consulting firm, Terrence Roberts Consulting.

For more information on the event, please contact the Student Life office at 610-799-1146.

 

Wiki link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrence_Roberts

Dr. Roberts’ link:  http://terrenceroberts.com/about/

Little Rock Nine link:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Rock_Nine