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February 16, 2013

Terrence Roberts, one of ‘Little Rock Nine,’ to speak at Frostburg

FROSTBURG — Frostburg State University’s Black Student Alliance will present Terrence Roberts, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” as a speaker Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Lane University Center Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.

Roberts was one of 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.

When the Little Rock Nine initially tried to enter the high school in September 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had them blocked by soldiers of the National Guard, and President Dwight D. 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 doctorate. 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.

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