Terrence J. Roberts, PhD, is one of the Little Rock Nine, who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. As a fifteen-year-old, he joined eight other black students to attend the previously segregated public high school. One of seven siblings born to William and Margaret Roberts, he was the only one of the children eligible to attend Central High School that year. When Arkansas governor Orval Faubus closed all the high schools in Little Rock for the 1958-59 school year, Roberts moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with relatives. He graduated from Los Angeles High School in June 1959.
Roberts is married to Rita J. Anderson and is the father of two daughters, Angela Rayschel Roberts and Rebecca Darlene Goodloe. He is the proud grandfather of Rebecca's sons, Paul (P.J.) and Austin.
Roberts continued his education after high school, obtaining a bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University at Los Angeles, a master's degree from UCLA, and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University. For more than thirty years, he has held academic and administrative positions at two universities and has maintained a practice in clinical psychology. He has been director of a hospital-based acute care mental health unit and the CEO of a management consultant firm, Terrence J. Roberts and Associates.
Active in their Pasadena, California, community, Roberts and his wife are members of Friends of Cleveland, a volunteer group of seven couples committed to supporting the educational activities of a local elementary school. He serves as a board member for Facing History and Ourselves, the Economic Resource Center of Southern California, and the Western Justice Center Foundation. Along with the other eight members of the Little Rock Nine, he serves as board member for the Little Rock Nine Foundation.