Lessons from Little Rock

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Butler Center Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 187 pages
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One of the Little Rock Nine tells how his life changed when he became a symbol of desegregation. Sober news reports of a U.S. Army convoy rumbling across the bridge into Little Rock cannot overpower this intimate, powerful, personal account of the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Showing what it felt like to be one of those nine students who wanted only a good high school education, Roberts' rich narrative and candid voice take readers through that rocky year, helping us realize that the historic events of the Little Rock integration crisis happened to real people - to children, parents, our fellow citizens.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
1 My Moment as a Fly
13
2 First Grade Executives
21
3 A Minister Who Learned th
36
4 Saved by the West Ninth S
42
5 Finding Dad Before He Dra
47
6 Stretch it Out
61
7 Three Dollars an Eel an
65
13 The Emotional Price of N
125
14 Lessons from the Barbers
130
15 Unexpected Move to Los A
136
16 Those Who Would ReWrite
142
17 Consulting for the Littl
146
18 Much to Learn
153
19 Not a Linear Journey
156
Afterword
161

8 The AllWhite Electrician
78
9 The Little Rock Seventeen
83
Photographs
93
10 Daisy Bates and Thurgood
103
11 A System for Rating Insults
108
12 The Penknife and the Swi
117
The Little Rock Nine Foundation
166
Appendix
167
The Ongoing Battle for Equality
172
Nine Who Dared
176
About the Author
188
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About the author (2009)

Terrence Roberts graduated from California State University and earned a PhD in psychology from Southern Illinois University. He now resides in California, where he owns and directs a management consulting firm. President Clinton presented Roberts with the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. Roberts is a frequent public speaker and has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rachel Maddow Show and NPR's Tavis Smiley Show.

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