Freedom Rider and Little Rock Nine Member to Speak at Commemoration July 14

Freedom Rider Bliss Ann Malone-Hunter and Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine will be guest speakers at the 2nd annual 2012 Civil Rights Heritage Commemoration and Public Forum Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center Park.

Malone-Hunter was one of the five Freedom Riders from the St. Louis branch of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) who came on interstate buses to Little Rock to test the U.S. Supreme Court’s Boyton v. Virginia (1960) decision which ordered the integration of bus terminals. She will help us honor this year’s honorees during the ceremony and see her own Civil Rights Heritage marker for the first time.

Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine will be the keynote speaker at the Community Forum on Education. Roberts is a professor 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.

The Commemoration Ceremony is from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. and the Community Forum will follow from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This will also  mark the one-year anniversary of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

For more information about the commemoration, contact our office at (501) 569-8932 or see the 2012 Civil Rights Heritage Commemoration page.

For media inquiries, contact Angela Parker at (501) 683-7245.

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