In 1957, a 15-year-old teenager left the comfort of his home and community in Little Rock, Arkansas and walked onto the pages of history.
At that time, Terrence Roberts and eight other youths made the courageous decision to become the first African American students to desegregate Central High School. What they wanted was a better education. What they received was a backlash of opposition. On a daily basis, Roberts and the other members of the “Little Rock Nine” faced violence, harassment, and hatred, not only from their white classmates, but from adults and community organizations as well.
The horrific experiences that Roberts and the other eight students faced could have deterred them from their dream of earning a quality education. However, the Little Rock Nine were resilient, and today, they are lauded for being trailblazers, and for becoming successful despite many odds. Roberts, for example, went on to earn a Ph.D., is the CEO of a management consultant firm, a college professor, recipient of a Spingarn Medal and a Congressional Gold Medal, a popular speaker throughout the U.S., and the author of two books: Lessons from Little Rock and Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance.
On February 28, 2010, from 4-7p.m. Dr. Roberts will be the featured speaker at the Mt. Sinai Church of God in Christ Black History Month Program. In addition to describing his experiences as a member of the Little Rock Nine, and the lessons that he learned, Dr. Roberts will also explain the relevance today of this shameful period in America’s history.
The program is free and open to the public. The church is located at 936 West 9th Street in Pomona, CA 91766-2864.
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