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List of Honorees beginning with the letter “M”

 

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    Haki Madhabuti
    Haki Madhabuti
     

    An advocate of independent Black institutions, Haki R. Madhubuti (Formerly Don L. Lee) is the founder, publisher and editor of Third World Press, founder and current board member of the Institute of Positive Education/New Concept Development Center, and director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University. (more)

     
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    Mahlon Martin
    Mahlon Martin
     

    The Late Mahlon Martin once said, “What’s scary is when you’re first AND the last.” Mr. Martin was speaking of his life experience as the First Black person to hold various positions of authority in state government and in the private sector. Mr. Martin was a first in many instances. As City Manager of Little (more)

     
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    Bishop Charles Harrison Mason
    Bishop Charles Harrison Mason
     

    Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, who later became the founder and organizer of the Church of God in Christ, was born September 8, 1866, on the Prior Farm near Memphis, Tennessee. His father and mother, Jerry and Eliza Mason, were members of a Missionary Baptist Church. Bishop Mason was saved in November, 1878. In 1893, he (more)

     
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    Deborah Mathis
    Deborah Mathis
     

    Deborah Mathis’ Arkansas roots run deep. Before becoming a nationally known author, syndicated columnist, respected television commentator and professor of journalism, she was simply a girl growing up in Little Rock, the daughter of the Rev. Lloyd Myers (now deceased) and Mrs. Rachel A. Myers Jones. Mathis was born in Little Rock on August 24, (more)

     
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    Rose McCoy
    Rose McCoy
     

    From a tin-top shack in Oneida, Arkansas to the Brill Building, the center of New York’s songwriting and music publishing industry, that was the journey of Rose Marie McCoy. She is one of the most influential and prolific songwriters of classic soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and gospel; and with over 850 (more)

     
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    Gladys McFadden & The Loving Sisters
    Gladys McFadden & The Loving Sisters
     

    Gladys McFadden and the Loving Sisters first started singing around the home fires in Arkansas when they were very young. The original members of the group “Gladys, Leona, Lorraine, Josephine and Anna ” are the daughters of the Rev and Mrs. Aaron Williams. The girls gained experience singing in the Reverend’s church and choir under (more)

     
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    Robert McFerrin
    Robert McFerrin
     

    Sandwiched between the widely publicized Metropolitan Opera debuts of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price was the January 27, 1955 debut of Robert McFerrin. He became the first African-American opera singer to have a permanent position with the Metropolitan Opera Company. Although, Marian Anderson was the first to break the racial barrier, she sang only one (more)

     
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    James McKissic
    James McKissic
     

    Mr. James McKissic was born March 16, 1940 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. McKissic has a B. S. Degree in Music Education from A. M. & N College, 1962, Pine Bluff Arkansas (now University of Arkansas Pine Bluff). He is Professor of Chamber Music, University of California Berkeley, California. He has performed concerts in USA, (more)

     
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    Joe McQuaney
    Joe McQuaney
     

    In 1972 Joseph Daniel McQuany (1928 – 2007) incorporated Serenity House as a private non-profit organization. Through his work, “Joe” as he was known, touched, and indeed transformed the lives of many tens of thousands in the local, state, national and international communities who had addictions. (more)

     
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    Joseph Daniel McQuany
    Joseph Daniel McQuany
     

    In 1972 Joseph Daniel McQuany (1928 – 2007) incorporated Serenity House as a private non-profit organization. Through his work, “Joe” as he was known, touched, and indeed transformed the lives of many tens of thousands in the local, state, national and international communities who had addictions. In 1962 Joe McQuany made a decision, to become (more)

     
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    Amina Claudine Meyers
    Amina Claudine Meyers
     

    Amina Claudine Myers is a triple-treat artist: composer, multi-keyboardist and vocalist. But she meshes that triple treat into a singular forum on her unique sound. From dusty-road country blues and soulful organ funk to shimmering tone poems and street-smart urban R&B – the result is the spontaneity and intimacy of jazz with the balance and (more)

     
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    Eliza Miller
    Eliza Miller
     

    Businesswoman, philanthropist, wife, mother author and Christian. No reference to Eliza A. Miller’s remarkable life would be adequate without multiple descriptors. During a time when African-Americans endured overt racism, and in a region whose name became synonymous with significant economic challenge, Mrs. Miller’s self-taught business (more)

     
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    Sidney Moncrief
    Sidney Moncrief
     

    It seems that Sidney Moncrief has always been around. Whether as a high school athlete, a professional athlete or as the owner of a car dealership, who appeared in his own commercials, Sidney has been a fixture in our lives for nearly three decades. In that time, Mr. Moncrief has brought fame to our state (more)

     
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    Vice Admiral Edward Moore, Jr.
    Vice Admiral Edward Moore, Jr.
     

    Vice Admiral Edward Moore, Jr. can describe, from first-hand experience, a long and illustrious Naval career that has timely taken him from sea to shining sea. After attending high school in Little Rock, Moore enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve in 1963. Following his graduation from Southern Illinois University in June 1968, he was (more)

     
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    Herwald H Morton
    Herwald H Morton
     

    The name Herwald H. Morton will always be a beacon in the annals of the history of the U.S. Information Agency. At the time of his retirement from the agency in 1993, Morton had reached the personal rank of career minister ” the highest career rank in the Foreign Service.” A 1948 graduate of Little (more)

     
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    Amina Claudine Myers
    Amina Claudine Myers
     

    Amina Claudine Myers is a triple-treat artist: composer, multi-keyboardist and vocalist. But she meshes that triple treat into a singular forum on her unique sound. From dusty-road country blues and soulful organ funk to shimmering tone poems and street-smart urban R&B – the result is the spontaneity and intimacy of jazz with the balance and (more)