“In 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.”
Terrence James Roberts was a sophomore at Horace Mann High School when he volunteered to help integrate Central High. Roberts moved to Los Angeles during the Lost Year and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1959.
Roberts attended California State University in Los Angeles, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1967, and a master’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 in the department of Master of Arts in the psychology program.
Roberts maintains a private psychology practice and is CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates Management Consulting Firm, where he counsels organizations on equitable practices in both industry and business, while serving as a desegregation consultant to the Little Rock School District.
(Photo courtesy Central High Museum Historical Collections/UALR Archives)
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