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List of Honorees beginning with the letter "B"

  • Dr. Oliver Keith Baker

    ‘Oliver Keith Baker was born in McGehee, Arkansas, to Oliver Walter and Yvonne Brigham Baker. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from Stanford University in 1987. Dr. Baker pursued postdoctoral research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He (more)

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    Daisy L. Bates

    Mrs. Davisy L. Bates of 1207 West 28th Street, won international acclaim in 1985 for her role as mentor for the nine black students who broke the color barrier at Central High School to attend classes with white students. She is a native of Arkansas, born in Huttig (Union County). She is the recipient of (more)

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    Al Bell

    Stax Records, Memphis’ most successful record label was founded by Bluff City natives Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton. But Al Bell, born Alvertis Isbell in 1940 in Brinkley and raised in North Little Rock, became a driving force behind the company. Mr. Bell, who also worked in the Civil Rights movement, began promoting (more)

  • Fran Bennett

    An accomplished actress born in Malvern Arkansas, Fran Bennett earned a BS, MS and credit toward a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has acted in New York in such plays as Mandingo with the late Franchot Tone, The Cantilevered Terrace with Mildred Dunnock, Comedy of Errors, In White America and Mahalia. Ms. (more)

  • ReShonda Tate Billingsley Award Winning Author/ Journalist

    Growing up in Smackover and El Dorado, Arkansas, National Bestselling Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley spent her days making up stories (her mother used to call it lying). Little did her family know that active imagination would lead to a prosperous and successful literary career; and today, she is considered one of the top Inspirational Fiction (more)

  • Bishop Charles E. Blake

    Bishop Charles E. Blake serves as presiding Bishop of the 6 million member Church of God in Christ, one of our nation’s largest denominations. He also serves the Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Jurisdiction of Southern California comprised of more than 250 churches. Bishop Blake is the pastor of West Angeles Church of God in (more)

  • Gretha Boston

    Gretha Boston’s fame lies in her voice, which has earned her a Tony Award for her role as Queenie in the popular revival of Showboat, as well as many words of praise from New York critics. The mezzo-soprano was born in Crossett, Arkansas, the oldest of seven children. Her first singing experience came at the (more)

  • Lou Brock

    Among nearly 20,000 players to play Major League Baseball, Brock is the 22nd all-time hits leader with 3,023 lifetime hits and he is the 2nd all-time stolen base leader with 938 lifetime stolen bases. He was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1985. He was named one of the TOP 100 PLAYERS of the (more)

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    Evangeline Katherine Brown

    Mrs. Evangeline Katherine Brown was born in Norwood, Louisiana and raised throughout Arkansas. She attended high schools in Portland, McGehee and Dumas, Arkansas. While working in the education system, she chaired the Teachers of English Council for the Arkansas Teachers Association, was a board member of the Nation Council of English Teachers for nine years, (more)

  • Floyd Brown

    The late Floyd Brown was a strong believer in providing a good education to those for whom education was as a premium. That strong belief led him to establish one of the few private nondenominational schools for Black children ever established in this region of the United States. Brown was one of 10 children of (more)

  • Wiley Branton, Sr.

    Courageous, committed and loving are just three of the many positive adjectives that would aptly describe the late Wiley Austin Branton—–Whose name, like that of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, is firmly encased in the annals of civil-rights history. Mr. Branton was born in Pine Bluff on December 13, 1923, to Leo and Pauline (more)

  • Charles E. Bussey

    Born in Stamps, Arkansas December 18, 1918, Charles was the eldest child of Annie and Charles Bussey. Educated in the Stamps public schools, he attended Bishop College in Texas. He served in the United States Army and was a 33rd Degree Mason. Having spent most of his adult life in the Little Rock political arena, (more)

  • Luenell Batson
    Luenell Batson

    Luenell, who uses only her first name, was born on March 12, 1959, in Tollette, Arkansas, as Luenell Batson. She is one of eight children and was raised in Northern California where she attended Castro Valley High School. Luenell is a comedian, actor and writer who began her career in the 1990s appearing regularly on (more)