George and Annemarie converted Roeper to a school for gifted child education in 1956 because, in the midst of a national, Cold War-driven campaign to identity high-achieving children, they felt too little was known about how best to help gifted children fulfill their own true potential. Today, gifted children are often overlooked because of race, ethnicity and class. In honor of the 75th anniversary, the Roeper Institute and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the Wayne State University Law School, sponsored a day-long symposium for Detroit educators and policy-makers on identifying and educating underserved gifted children. Please go to to see some of the speaker presentations and gain access to a list of other resources.