On Friday, Dec. 15, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will welcome Dr. Terrence Roberts, civil rights pioneer and member of the Little Rock Nine, as the keynote speaker for fall commencement. There are a select group of UAPB students who can say they met him first while attending the National Youth Summit, according to a news release.

Roberts presented one of the “Passing The Torch” awards. Vickie Newton, mass communications instructor at UAPB, was the emcee and was assisted by UAPB students who helped prepare video montages to accompany original jazz compositions performed during the opening ceremony held at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The students that assisted and attended were Chelsea Baines, Alicia Dorn and Jason Matthews.

The National Youth Summit on Education, Justice, and the US Economy is an exceptional opportunity that brings together high school student leaders from across the United States to work with leading educators, justice professionals and economists.

Participants learn to take ownership for creating educational excellence by examining the school to prison pipeline, creating models of discipline based on inherent strengths and develop innovative economic strategies not dependent upon the current system of mass incarceration.