Race Relations Today: From Little Rock Nine To Trayvon Martin
Monday, August 19, 2013
Aired 8/19/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
America had a rude awakening this year to the fact that we are not living in a post-racial society.
The verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, opened up wounds that really hadn't healed, despite the Presidency of Barack Obama. So, how will America ultimately transcend the deep racial divide that persists in our country and how can leaders begin to unite us instead of using our differences to divide us?
Those big issues were addressed in a symposium over the weekend sponsored by the Chopra Foundation here in San Diego. One of the speakers was a man who's had a lifetime of experience in leadership.
Terrence Roberts was one of the "Little Rock Nine," a group of nine students who became the face of desegregation in schools after they were escorted into Little Rock Central High School by the Army's 101st Airborne Division against the will of many parents, students, administrators and the Arkansas National Guard.