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  • Accepting Grants

    The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation makes annual grants through a fund at Arkansas Community Foundation. ABHF grants support programs that address challenges and opportunities in the African-American community and in other underserved communities throughout Arkansas.   More information is available at

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  • 2014 Distinguished Laureate Series V

    The 2014 annual Distinguished Laureate Series V, Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mosiac Templars Cultural Center featuring Dr. Haki Madhubuti. Related events include: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 (All events are free public programs) *Distinguished Laureate Lecture – Clinton Presidential Center – 6:30 p.m.  *Distinguished Laureate Reception – 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.   Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 (Invitation Only) *Distinguished Laureate Master Class – Clinton Presidential Center – 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2014  (Open to the public at Mosaic Templar’s Cultural Center) *Lecture...

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  • 2014 Grants Reception

    This will be a ceremony where 19 minority non-profit organizations in deserving counties will receive a total of $45,000 in grants from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.

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  • Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Honorees

    LITTLE ROCK, AR — On October 19, 2013 was the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame’s 21st annual induction ceremony.  Inductees into the 2013 class include (Click on each individual’s name for their biography): Raye Jean Montague – Internationally Recognized Engineer and Graphic Designer and creator of the first computer-generated draft of a U.S. naval ship Gerald Alley – CEO and President of Con-Real Construction Chief Master Richard Anderson – Honored Martial Arts Master, Teacher and founder of Anderson’s Taekwondo Morris Hayes...

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Meet Our Honorees


Annie M. Abrams

Annie M. Abrams was born September 25, 1931 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Because of limited educational opportunities for African-Americans in this small rural town she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she finished Dunbar High School, Dunbar Junior College, and Philander Smith College. Her years of grassroots level activism and civic connections with historical personalities from (more)

W.R. Smokie Norful, Jr. Grammy Award-Winning Gospel Recording Artist

W.R. Smokie Norful, Jr.

Pastor Smokie Norful, a minister who is the son of an African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) minister, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He grew up in Pine Bluff, and was deeply involved in his fathers church. He was interested in music from a very young age, reportedly picking out one-finger piano melodies at age (more)

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