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Dr. Terrence Roberts - Lessons from Little Rock

In honor of Black History Month, Flintridge Operating Foundation, in collaboration with the La Pintoresca Branch Library, will present Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of nine students known as the "Little Rock Nine," who volunteered to desegregate Arkansas' Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

Dr. Roberts will speak about his book, Lessons from Little Rock, followed by a reception and book signing. Thursday, February 4, from 6 – 8 p.m. La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Dr. Roberts was a high school junior when he and eight classmates, escorted by the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, braved the insults of an angry mob and became the first African American students to enter the school as well as the pages of Civil Rights history. As the racial threats and confrontations continued, Dr. Roberts often feared for his life. Although he finished out the year, the Little Rock school district subsequently closed all schools in an attempt to halt integration.

In addition to offering a powerful firsthand account of a seminal moment in history, Dr. Roberts will speak about growing up in the segregated South, the effects of racism on daily life and the lessons he learned, particularly the need to accept and embrace differences and diversity—issues that continue to affect our society.

All are welcome to this free event.

Flintridge Operating Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena. The Foundation provides educational services and resources to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations and convenes and coordinates collaborative partnerships to improve public education, ensure neighborhood safety and address issues of disparity that affect community well-being.

 

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