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A Word From Our Chairman

It is with profound gratitude that we thank all who played a role in the tremendous success of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame induction ceremony.   Thanks to the Honorees, the sponsors, the many volunteers and the phenomenal steering committee that helped to plan and execute our annual gala.  Without each of you our success would not have been possible.

Thank You,
Charles O. Stewart

Meet Our Honorees


Ms. Cynthia M. Scott

Cynthia Scott was born in El Dorado, Arkansas the 10th of 12 children. She began singing gospel music at the age of four in her father’s church, the source of her inspirational drive and artistry firmly rooted in African American culture. In 1969, Cynthia was the first African American to enter the all-white Miss El (more)


Justice Richard L. Mays, Sr.

Richard L. Mays, Sr. is the senior and founding partner of Mays, Byrd & Associates, P.A. (Formerly, Mays & Crutcher, P.A.) which was established in 1977. His practice specialties include civil rights, corporate law, public finance, personal injury, government affairs and business law/contracts. Mr. Mays has represented a wide range of clients from municipalities to (more)


Mr. Knoxie & Estella Hall (Hall Family)

The date of December 16, 1944 marked the beginning of a lifetime commitment between Knoxie Hall, Sr. and Estella Marie Crenshaw Hall. Knoxie Hall was born September 13, 1924 and his bride, Estella, was born November 24, 1927. The marriage resulted in seven children, Rosalind, Kathryn, Knoxie, Jr. (Gloria), Miriam (Oscar Horton), Curtis, Gail (Johnny (more)


Judge Mifflin W. Gibbs

Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was a Little Rock, Arkansas businessman, a politician, and the first elected African-American municipal judge in the United States. Mifflin Gibbs was born on April 17, 1823 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He learned carpentry through an apprenticeship. He read widely and attended debates at the Philadelphia Library Company of Colored Persons. He had a (more)


Gregory A. Davis, Sr.

Mr. Gregory A. Davis, Sr. is the CEO, and President of Davis Broadcasting, Inc. He is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from Lane College in Jackson Tennessee. Mr. Davis went on to serve in the United States Army, serving both at home and abroad. He later (more)


Ambassador June Carter-Perry

June Carter-Perry is a former educator, diplomat, and U.S. State Department official. Her lengthy and multi-faceted diplomatic career included service as the U.S. ambassador to both Lesotho and Sierra Leone. June Carter was born on November 13, 1943, in Texarkana, Arkansas. Her mother, Louise Pendleton Carter, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia. June Carter (more)

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