7:30–8:15 a.m. Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast | Archibald Cochran Ballroom
8:15–9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote with Dr. Terrence J. Roberts | Archibald Cochran Ballroom
9:30–10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
10:45–11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:45 a.m.–12:25 p.m. Networking | Exhibitor Lounge
12:00–12:25 p.m. Luncheon Attendee Check-In & Networking | Archibald Cochran Ballroom
12:30–2:00 p.m. Pyramid Awards Luncheon | Archibald Cochran Ballroom
2:30–4:00 p.m. Afternoon Session | Daisy Room, 2nd Floor
Dr. Terrence Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. On September 4, 1957, Dr. Roberts and eight other African American students (known as the Little Rock Nine) made an unsuccessful attempt to enter Little Rock Central High School. Despite the presence of the National Guard, an angry mob of about 400 surrounded the school.
The National Guard was removed with the protection of the students left to the local police. On September 23, 1957, a mob of about 1000 people surrounded the school as the students attempted to enter. The following day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent U.S. Army troops to accompany the students to school for protection. Click here to learn more about the Little Rock Nine.