Ramsey Jay, Jr., BSCU Board member, interviews Dr. Terrence Roberts who, as a 15 year old eleventh grader, was one of the “Little Rock Nine” becoming one of the first students to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 25, 1957.
Dr. Roberts is CEO of Terrence Roberts Consulting, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices in business and industry. (http://Terrenceroberts.com). Additionally, he is co-principal of Roberts & Roberts, LLC, a consulting firm offering assistance to groups who wish to engage in substantive conversations about race and the issues related to race in America (http://talkingaboutrace.com). A graduate of California State University at Los Angeles (BA), and UCLA (MSW), Dr. Roberts obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. In 1999 Dr. Roberts received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Bill Clinton. LESSONS FROM LITTLE ROCK, a memoir by Dr. Roberts was published on October 1, 2009. In this book he describes his experience at Central High School and talks about the salient lessons to be learned from that episode. On February 1, 2010, his second book, SIMPLE, NOT EASY: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance was published. The essays in this volume seek to guide the reader toward more socially responsible positions in life.