Dr. Terrence Roberts Visits KSDS Middle School


Thanks to an Innovative Educator Grant from Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO), Krieger Schechter students in grades 5-8 had the unique opportunity to meet Dr. Terrence Roberts on Wednesday, April 6. In addition, our students also hosted 6th grade students from Roland Park Elementary/Middle School (RPEMS) as part of this experience.

In 1957, Terrence Roberts, just 15 years old at the time, joined eight other students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas–they became known as the Little Rock Nine. Dr. Roberts shared his story with both KSDS and RPEMS students as a special culmination of their studies of the Little Rock Nine, civil rights, and the stories of many other Upstanders (people who stand up and take action in the face of an injustice). Thanks to Facing History, KSDS and RPEMS are bringing students together for this incredible opportunity to meet a real-life Upstander from such an important moment in history.

Facing History and Ourselves is an educational nonprofit whose mission is to help teachers use history to combat racism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry. Its headquarters are in Massachusetts, though it has ten offices around the country that partner with local schools. In doing so, FHAO also connects local schools to each other for partner school projects such as this one. For more information about FHAO, click here.