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Arkansas Black Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 by Charles O. Stewart and Patricia Y. Goodwin as a means of recognizing the best and brightest African Americans with Arkansas roots. The first induction ceremony was held on October 30, 1993, in the exhibition hall of Robinson Auditorium. Each year, six individuals from diverse fields of endeavor are singled out and recognized for their contribution to African-American culture and to the nation.

Nominations are received from across the country offering recommendation for induction into the hall. The board of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, after a comprehensive review of the submitted nominations, makes the final selection of inductees. Past honorees have included writers, singers, actors, visual artists, musicians, athletes, politicians, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, educators, scientists, and civic and social leaders who have attained national or international acclaim. Selections are revealed to the public during the first week of September prior to the induction ceremony, usually held the third Saturday of October.

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame portrait gallery is located in the rotunda of the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock (Pulaski County). On September 20, 2008, a more extensive permanent exhibit opened in two galleries of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The Black Hall of Fame Exhibit has a “living component,” and each year a Hall of Fame laureate will return to perform a concert and or give a lecture as a part of the museum’s public programs.

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame induction ceremony helps to fund the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides grants to organizations working to improve education, youth development, health/wellness, and economic development in black and other under-served communities throughout Arkansas. These grants have affected more than forty-five of Arkansas’s seventy-five counties since 2003. The grants program is a fund of the Arkansas Community Foundation.



Maya Angelou

Daisy Gatson Bates

Ernest Green

G. W. Stanley Ish Sr.

John H. Johnson

Lottie Shackelford



Evangeline K. Brown

George Howard

Ernest P. Joshua Sr.

James McKissic

Art Porter Sr.

Debbye Turner



Hubert “Geese” Ausbie

Woodrow W. Crockett

Joycelyn Elders

Ethel and James Kearney

Robert McFerrin Sr.

William Grant Still



Lawrence A. Davis

Grover Evans

Scipio A. Jones

Herwald H. Morton

Andree Layton Roaf

O. C. Smith



Barbara Higgins Bond

Gretha Boston

Lloyd C. Elam

Keith Jackson

Samuel Lee Kountz

Rodney Slater



Daisy Anderson

Wiley Branton Sr.

Mike Conley

Danny Davis

Anita Pointer

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney



Ernest James Harris

Gertrude Hadley Jeannette

Eliza Miller

Vice Admiral Edward Moore Jr.

Johnnie Taylor

John W. Walker



Floyd Brown

Lela Rochon Fuqua

E. Lynn Harris

Theressa Hoover

Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan

Roy Roberts



Granville Coggs

Henri Linton

Mahlon Martin

Sidney Moncrief

Amina Claudine Myers

Ozell Sutton



Al Bell

Faye Clarke

Edith Irby Jones

Haki Madhubuti

Charles H. Mason

William Jefferson Clinton (Honorary)



James H. Cone

Lawrence Hamilton

Gladys Mc Fadden & the Loving Sisters

Deborah Mathis

J. Donald Rice

Honorable Lavenski R. Smith



W. Harold Flowers

Hazel Hynson

Patricia McGraw

Fatima Robinson

Pharoah Sanders

John Stroger Jr.



Fran Bennett

Lou Brock

Martha Dixon

David Evans

Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton

Louis Jordan



Oliver Baker

Charles Bussey

Judge Glenn Johnson

Emma Rhodes

Henry Shead

Lencola Sullivan-Verseveldt



Milton Crenchaw

Judge L. Clifford Davis

Willie Davis

John Stubblefield

Sheryl Underwood

Little Rock Nine



Torii Hunter

Rose McCoy

Joseph Daniel McQuany

Michelle Revere

A. D. Washington

Sterling Williams



Charles E. Blake Sr.

Erma Glasco Davis

Delores Handy-Brown

James E. K. Hildreth

W. R. “Smokie” Norful

Samuel W. Williams



Annie M. Abrams

Reece “Goose” Tatum

Shaffer Chimere “Ne-Yo” Smith

William J. Johnson

Timothy C. Evans

ReShonda Tate Billingsley



Derek Fisher

Joseph (Joe) Jackson

Abraham Carpenter Sr. and Family

Robert L. Williams

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo

Leo Louis “Jocko” Carter



Jerry T. Hodges

Charles E. Phillips Jr.

Pearlie S. Reed

Yolonda R. Summons

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Lenny Williams



June Carter-Perry

Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

Cynthia Scott

Gregory A. Davis

Richard L. Mays

Hall Family


For additional information:
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. (accessed March 17, 2017).

“Arkansas Black Hall of Fame to Induct 6.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. September 9, 2009, p. 2B.

Williams, Helaine R. “Social Eyes—Their Place in History: Governor, Guests Applaud Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Inductees.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. October 25, 2009, p. 2D.

Charles Stewart
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame

Last Updated 3/17/2017

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