Eastern Michigan University hosts Terrence J. Roberts, one of “Little Rock Nine,” for Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote address

Free and open to the public event hosted on Monday, January 20

Free and open to the public event hosted on Monday, January 20

Eastern Michigan University is continuing its week-long Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration with its highly anticipated MLK keynote address featuring keynote speaker Terrence J. Roberts on Monday, January 20 from 2-3:30 p.m. The keynote address will be hosted in the Grand Ballroom inside the EMU Student Center, located at 900 Oakwood St. in Ypsilanti.

Terrence J. Roberts Ph.D is one of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957, following the 1955 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Brown v. Board of Education case to integrate schools.  As a 15-year-old eleventh grader, he joined eight other students who were chosen after an intensive selection process and became one of the first nine black students to go to a formerly segregated large public high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The full list of events and activities can be found on the celebration website. All events are hosted on EMU’s campus.

Photo and interview opportunities will be available at all events.



Morgan Mark

Media Relations Specialist



January 20, 2020

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