To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Arkansas Psychological Association and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will hold an event to discuss the importance of psychologically healthy workplaces and honor two local civil rights advocates, political and social justice activist the late Mary Brown “Brownie” Williams Ledbetter, and psychologist and member of the Little Rock Nine, Dr. Terrence Roberts, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Mosaic Templars.
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The free and public event is designed to raise the awareness of the effect of discrimination in the workplace on the groups named in the 1964Â Civil Rights Act which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964. A reception will follow.
Ledbetter is being honored posthumouslyÂ for her work through the Arkansas Public Policy Panel. SheÂ served as volunteer executive director until her retirement in 1999.
Roberts is best known as being one of the nine students to desegregate Little Rock’s Central High School, but as an adult, he became a psychologist and through his private practice he has counseled organizations on equitable practices in both industry and business including serving as a desegregation consultant to the Little Rock School District.
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ArPA has been working to review the effectsÂ of discrimination in the workplace as it relates to race, ethnicity/nationality, gender, sexual orientation and religion based on psychological and scientific studies.Â Â The organization will address its resolve to work toward creating healthy workplace environments for all populations.
Representatives from the American Psychological Association, Dr. GwenÂ Keita, executive director of the Public Interest Directorate and Dr. David Ballard, assistant executive director for Organizational Excellence, will present on the work of the American Psychological Association regarding this initiative.
The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, Office of Governor Mike Beebe, City of Little Rock, Central High School National Historic Site, and Social Justice Initiative at Philander Smith College are all sponsors of the event.
For more information, contact Dr. Patricia L. Griffen, president of the ArPA at 501.223.8883.