Simple, Not Easy
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It’s perhaps too easy, in this day and age of omnipresent brain candy, to pass by a title
like this one; it looks like work. The cover reminds that its author, Terrence Roberts, is
one of the Little Rock Nine, nine courageous African-American students who
volunteered to be the first to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 under
the limited (in the sense that Army personnel did not enter the gym or the classroom)
protection of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, and who endured a year of daily
hostility and abuse.

Roberts went on to become a psychologist, educator, and speaker.

The title, like Roberts’ essays, states things directly. Its seriousness notwithstanding,
Roberts’ writing is the kind of writing that goes down easy; which introduces a curious,
confident, and compassionate intelligence; and which enlivens the mind and spirit with
the possibility of courage and clear sight.

Forward Reviews, 2010


After his role in the integration of Little Rock Central High School amid the tumult of 1957, TERRENCE ROBERTS completed his education in California and Illinois, receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology at Southern Illinois University. For forty years he has taught psychology at the college level, often maintaining a private clinical practice concurrently. Today he owns a consulting firm and travels extensively, giving nearly a hundred speeches per year . He lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife Rita.


In his new collection of essays and speeches, psychologist and civil rights activist Roberts provides cultural perspective propelled by hope, strength, loss, and redemption. Roberts found fame at a young age, as one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African American students who were the first to be integrated into a "whites only" school, an experience Roberts returns to often; the physical and mental harassment he endured, not only from peers, but from certain Little Rock adults, contains relevant lessons continually in need of unpacking. Including addresses at libraries, graduations, and Civil Rights conventions, Roberts' collection emphases personal responsibility-for one's highest values, as well as one's less noble biases-and connects with fatherly charm, a common-sense approach to justice and community, and a contagious belief in mankind's better nature. Vivid accounts from the days of segregation immerse readers in a divided world, but Roberts's charismatic voice and keen eye for topical developments keep his work fresh, focused, and inspirational. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly Online, 2/22/2010

“Terrence Roberts is in the truest sense an upstander - an individual whose voice and actions compel us to explore difficult topics and challenge us to face our shared history, honestly. His words and reflections celebrate the notion of difference, model socially responsible behavior and promote tolerance in our daily lives. Reading this book, you will be inspired, in Dr. Roberts's words, to 'think beyond the ordinary.' "
-Margot Stern Strom, Executive Director, Facing History and Ourselves, Inc.

“Terrence Roberts challenges all of us to make the world more inclusive by adjusting the value of each individual-until we affirm each other. Simple, Not Easy is one trailblazer's mingling of history and contemporary matters to engage a new conversation on community, social responsibility and tolerance. A powerful book by a civil rights legend.”
- Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., Ed.D.,