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News: Little Rock Nine Member Speaks At CEC May 1

One of the most important events during the American Civil Rights Movement happened in 1957 when nine black students were enrolled in a formerly racially segregated public high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the members of that group called The Little Rock Nine, will make a special public speaking engagement Thursday, May 1 at the Pasadena City College Community Education Center. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the CEC's Jack Scott Multipurpose Room. This special event is open to the public and CEC parking will be free to those that attend.

Roberts was then a 15-year-old, 11th grader who along with his fellow schoolmates were escorted on to the Little Rock Central High campus by federal troops after initial protests by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus. The students were first prevented from entering the school by the Arkansas National Guard on orders from Faubus. Ultimately, President Dwight Eisenhower intervened and enforced the Little Rock Nine's right to attend the school by protecting their safety through military escort. The Little Rock crisis received national headlines.

Roberts moved to Los Angeles, earning a master's in social welfare from UCLA, and later receiving a Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University. He became the department chair in psychology at Antioch University (Los Angeles) in 1994. He is currently a clinical psychologist and travels the country as a speaker and consultant.

Video of the events that unfolded in 1957 will accompany Roberts' guest appearance.

The event is sponsored by ACT, a political action group in Pasadena, the Black Student Alliance, The Association of Black Employees staff organization, and the Black History Committee.

For more information on this event, call (626) 585-3000.

Release Date: 04/15/2008
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu