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120810Feature_TerrenceRobertsDr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, will be the keynote speaker for UNCG’s 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration on Tuesday, Jan.18.

The program will run from 7-9 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Little Rock Nine were the nine African-American students who entered Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sept. 25, 1957, confronted by a hostile crowd and escorted by the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne. The Supreme Court’s landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision three years earlier struck down segregation in public schools and these nine children put the decision to the test.

Roberts was a 15-year-old junior when he entered Little Rock Central High school. Despite daily harassment, he completed his junior year but moved with his family to Los Angeles the following year and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1959.

He went on to earn a BA in sociology from California State University at Los Angeles in 1967. This was followed by an MS in social welfare in 1970 from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970 and a PhD in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1976.

Roberts is CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices. A much sought after speaker and presenter, Roberts also maintains a private psychology practice.

Roberts is the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and the Spingarn Medal, an award created by NAACP president Joel Elias Spingarn in 1914 and awarded to African Americans who perform acts of distinguished merit and achievement. He serves on the boards of the Economic Resources Center in Southern California, the Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and the Little Rock Nine Foundation.

His visit is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, contact Mark Villacorta at mark_villacorta@uncg.edu.

Also in honor of the King holiday, United Campus Ministries, Multicultural Affairs and Dining Services are sponsoring a 2011 Interfaith Celebration Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 20.

The dinner is free and open to UNCG faculty, staff and students. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Associated Campus Ministries Building.

Seating is limited. RSVP to mark_villacorta@uncg.edu by Jan. 12.

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