Terrence James Roberts was a sophomore at Horace Mann High School when he volunteered to integrate Central High. Roberts moved to Los Angeles, during â€śThe Lost Year.â€ť He graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1959.
Roberts attended California State University, Los Angeles and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1967 and a masterâ€™s degree in 1970. Roberts later earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He was a professor at Antioch College in Los Angeles and served as co-chair of the department of Master of Arts in Psychology Program.
Roberts maintains a private psychology practice and is CEO of Terrence J. Roberts and Associates Management Consulting Firm, where he counsels organizations on equitable practices in both industry and business including serving as a desegregation consultant to the Little Rock School District.
Why He Volunteered
â€śIn Little Rock, every possible decision had a racial component: where you could live, where you could to go to school, whether you could work or not, whether you could get a bank loan… who you could marry. This made no sense to me, especially as I discovered there is no such thing as race.â€ť
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Counts, Will. A Life is More Than a Moment. Indiana University Press: Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1999.
Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey. Dir. Rob Thompson. North East Productions, 2002. DVD.
LaNier, Carlotta Walls, and Lisa Frazier Page. A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School. New York: One World/Ballantine, 2009.
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National Park Service, Central High School National Historic Site. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved June 5, 2012, from http://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=723
Roberts, Terrence. July 7, 2008. â€śDr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine,â€ť Facing History and Ourselves. Retrieved from http://www.facing.org/about/who/profiles/dr-terrence-robertsÂ
Roberts, Terrence. Lessons from Little Rock. Little Rock: Butler Center Books, 2009.
The Ernest Green Story. Disney Educational Productions, 2005. DVD.