First Posted: 1/13/2011
PEMBROKE The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during two events.
Today, Thursday, there is a candlelight vigil on the lawn of the University Center Annex at 7 p.m. followed by a speaker, the Rev. Mazie Butler Ferguson, an attorney, minister, motivational speaker and writer.
On Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 3:30 p.m., in the University Center Annex, Terrence Roberts, one of the legendary Little Rock Nine, will address the university community.
Both events are free and open to the pubic and are sponsored by the Office for Multicultural and Minority Affairs. Roberts visit is co-sponsored by Office for Student Involvement and Leadership and a small grant. For more information, contact (910) 521-6508 or e-mail [email protected]
Referred to in Jet Magazine as a newsmaker, the Rev. Ferguson holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina Law School. She received her theological training at Lutheran Theological Seminary of the Southeast and Shaw University Divinity School.
A native of Sumter, S.C., Ferguson began her life work as a civil rights advocate working for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting rights Act of 1965 with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
Today she works as a freelance writer and consultant with her company, The Refinery. She is a motivational speaker for the cause of justice and a revivalist.
Roberts was a 15-year-old junior when he enrolled at Little Rock Central High School. Despite daily harassment, he completed his junior year, but moved with his family to Los Angeles the following year and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1959.
Sept. 25, 1957, became a historic day in the nation when nine children risked their lives to desegregate Central High School. Confronted by a hostile crowd and escorted by the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne, they shouldered the burden of integrating a then segregated public school system.
Their actions not only mobilized a nation to ensure that access to a quality education was granted to all Americans, but they helped to define the civil rights movement. They became known as the Little Rock Nine.
Roberts received a degree in sociology from California State University at Los Angles in 1967 and a masters degree in social welfare in 1970 from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1976.
Roberts is CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices. He maintains a private psychology practice and lectures and presents workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics.
Roberts is the recipient of the Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal.