Education is Roy Roberts’ secret to success

Jennifer Chambers:

Roy S. Roberts’ path to the top job at Detroit Public Schools began long before he made headlines as General Motors Corp.’s highest-ranking African-American executive.
It began before he stepped into the White House Rose Garden to receive the American Success Award from President George H.W. Bush in 1989.
That path began near a cotton farm in rural Texas in the late 1930s, before Roberts was even born.
“The big white guy in town had a cotton farm. He came down and talked to my father and said: ‘You have seven kids that are old enough to pick cotton. I want them down there Monday morning,'” Roberts, 72, said in his office in Detroit’s Fisher Building, where he serves as emergency manager for DPS.