As he walked into Central High School in September 1957, Terrence Roberts MSW ’70 knew he was making history. But he could not have known the lasting impact his steps would have on our national conversation about race.Roberts is one of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of African American students who courageously volunteered to face stiff racial prejudice and integrate the schools of Little Rock, Ark. Today, Roberts serves as a living reminder of the struggles everyday citizens overcame as they strived to live up to the American ideals of equality and diversity.A recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and a valued voice on the subject of race relations, Roberts will explore the salient lessons to be learned from the desegregation crisis of 1957, and discuss how those lessons might inform our choices in 2014.A cocktail reception precedes the program.Event informationWhen:Thursday, December 4, 20145:30 p.m. Reception6:30 p.m. Program Where: California African American Museum600 State DriveLos Angeles, California 90037 The following exhibits will be open for attendees from 5:30-6:30pm: The Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company: More Than a Business Curvature: Lines and Shapes July 24, 2014 – January 19, 2015 Curvature: Lines and Shapes represents the expressive figurative illustrations by two emerging artists, Michael Kilgore and Anthony “Eve” Kemp. Their artistic styles include the influences of Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism. Visibly Invisible August 29, 2014 – March 1, 2015 This exhibition reflects Yrneh Gabon Brown’s personal journey and awakening while researching and documenting the devastating effects of prejudice, ignorance and/or violence inflicted upon people affected with albinism in Tanzania, Jamaica and, to a lesser degree, the United States of America. CAAM Courtyard Series: From Women’s Hands November 7, 2014 – May 3, 2015 CAAM Courtyard Series: From Women’s Hands features the art of five women of color who address female presence and agency. These artists have filled our Courtyard with large installations that, though widely varying in materials and style, have in common metaphorical references to the female body and experience. Getting there: On-site parking is available for $10Public transit: Expo Line, Expo Park/USC stationA shuttle bus from UCLA will be available.RSVP now to guarantee your seat!RSVP by November 26 or contact us for more information:lessonsfromlittlerock.eventbrite.com • 310-206-8034
Lessons from Little Rock: A Conversation with Terrence Roberts
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