2014 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Honoree Announcement
Little Rock, AR (September 2, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 2 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation announced its 2014 inductees and details of its 22nd annual induction ceremony. 2014 inductees include: • Ricky L. Jasper- Highest-ranking African-America in the Central Intelligence Agency • Judge Olly Neal- Civil rights activist and attorney, Arkansas’ first African-American Prosecuting Attorney, Former Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge • Dr. Vertie Carter- Equal Employment Opportunity trailblazer • Collette Honorable- Arkansas Public Service Commission chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee • Bobby Rush- Grammy-nominated Blues artist • Bass Reeves (posthumously)- Former Slave, Deputy U.S. Marshal The 22nd annual induction ceremony, which is the foundation’s major fundraiser, is Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center’s Wally Allen Ballroom. Monies raised benefit organizations throughout Arkansas that serve the African-American community in the areas of youth development, health and wellness, education and business/economic development. Since 2004, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has awarded more than $390,000 to organizations serving African Americans and other underserved populations in Arkansas. This year, 11 nonprofit organizations received a total of $25,000 in grants.
2014 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Induction Gala
You are cordially invited to the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame will host this ceremony on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The gala begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Six outstanding native Arkansans will be honored for their remarkable professional and civic achievements. “We are excited to once again honor men...
Meet Our Honorees
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)
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)