Ball State to remember Martin Luther King with speakers, special events

Topics: Speakers, Student Affairs, College of Fine Arts

January 15, 2008

Terrence Roberts
Terrence Roberts
Terrence Roberts, known for his key role in school desegregation in the 1950s, will speak Jan. 22 at Ball State University as part of the campus' Martin Luther King Jr. observances.

Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, will speak about his experiences at 7 p.m. in Pruis Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Following his speech, Roberts will host a question-and-answer session.

Roberts was 15 when he joined eight other students and became one of the first African-American students to go to a formerly segregated public high school in Little Rock, Ark.

He is now co-chairperson of the master's in psychology program at Antioch University. After high school, he received his bachelor's degree from California State University at Los Angeles, a master's from UCLA and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University.

A much sought after speaker, Roberts also heads a management consultant group dedicated to improving human relations in the workplace. Since 1998, he has been the official desegregation consultant for the Little Rock School District and provides similar services to school districts around the nation.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Concert features "Music of the Civil Rights Era" at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 in Sursa Hall. Participants will include the Ball State School of Music Concert Choir, the Voices of Triumph Gospel Choir and Planet Earth Singers of Muncie.

Melvin Oliver, a sociology professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, will give the annual Martin Luther King Day Lecture at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 in Pruis Hall. His presentation is "What Has Happened to the Dream?"

The university kicks off Unity Week Jan. 21 with the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Pittenger Student Center Cardinal Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora will speak at the event.

Other Unity Week events include:

  • A civil rights march begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Muncie city government building, 300 N. High St., and concludes at Christ Temple Church, 654 N. Jefferson St. The church will then host an ecumenical service at 7 p.m.
  • "A Cup of Culture Cultural Dinner," which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Yuhas Room of the Pittenger Student Center, features foods from different cultures.
  • "Night of the Arts Show," a student talent show, is from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Pittenger Student Center Ballroom.
  • The Unity Pageant will crown Miss and Mr. Unity from a group of 20 contestants starting at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in Pruis Hall.
  • The Sigma Ball wraps up Unity Week. The event is hosted by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26 in Emens Auditorium.

All events are free and open to the public with the exception the pageant. Tickets are available $5.

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