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One of the "Little Rock Nine"
Dr. Terrence Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine (the nine children who were the first to integrate the Little Rock Public Schools in 1957). In his presentation, Dr. Roberts guides participants through the exploration of the lessons to be learned from the chaotic episode at Central High School. He believes that there are still great strides to be made in terms of interactions across lines of demarcation. He endeavors to alleviate the confusion in all the various arenas of difference and diversity that characterize our nation. Little Rock offered dramatic examples of negative approaches to difference and the problem those approaches create. The major part of Dr. Roberts’ presentations is devoted to identifying the lessons and urging the audience to commit to using this information. Read More >
Dr. Roberts holds a PhD in Psychology from Southern Illinois University and a MSW from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is licensed in California as both a psychologist and a social worker. He has served since 1975 as CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm. This group has provided consultation to a wide variety of clients including Cedars Sinai Hospital, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and Pepperdine University. The group offers expertise in several areas, including managing racial and ethnic diversity and developing multicultural awareness.
Dr. Roberts is the author of Lessons from Little Rock, a memoir about his life experiences, and the recently published Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance. Both books provide insight into Dr. Roberts’ depth of concern about the future of the United States. Read Less ^
"The event was fantastic! Everyone loved Dr. Roberts' presentation and wants to invite him back some day. I enjoyed working with your agency and will definitely work with you again."
"What an incredibly rich and powerful presentation! His interview with Juan Williams was the virtual centerpiece of all of NSBA’s efforts to honor the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. We could not have asked for a more significant commemoration of that landmark Supreme Court ruling.
The chemistry created between Mr. Roberts and Mr. Williams was intimate and compelling—all the more for having met only moments before! And what a tremendous gift he gave our audience—his recollections from his experiences as on of the “Little Rock Nine” will no doubt remain with us all for years to come. His courage and fortitude in the face of almost unimaginable adversity is a true example of American heroism.
We have received numerous accolades regarding this year’s conference, and certainly owe a great deal of this to his significant contribution. We hope we will have the opportunity to work with him again."
"We wanted to let you know that Dr. Roberts was wonderful! Not only was his presentation great, but he was so personable. The dinner was a buffet; however, we had a server assigned to his reserved table to do table service. At one point we looked around for Dr. Roberts and he was at a guest's table in informal conversation. We looked for him again and he was at another table. We looked for him again and he was on the buffet line chatting with folks on the line. That says so much about his character.
As guests were leaving, we heard them discussing among themselves how much they enjoyed Dr. Roberts. Please let him know he left such a positive impression with the audience and how pleased we were to have him as part of our clients' MLK celebration. Thanks again."
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