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List of Honorees beginning with the letter "M"

  • Haki Madhabuti

    Haki R. Madhubuti is an African-American author, educator, and poet. Madhubuti is a much sought-after poet and lecturer, and has convened workshops and served as guest/keynote speaker at thousands of colleges, universities, libraries and community centers in the U.S. and abroad. (more)

  • 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 African-American 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 Rock (more)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Dr Patricia Washington McGraw

    oted Educator, Author and Humanitarian Dr. Patricia Washington McGraw is a retired University of Central Arkansas professor of English and African/African American Studies. Recognized for her outstanding achievements as an educational/civic leader and social advocate, she has received over 300 teaching excellence and community service awards on the local, state and national levels. McGraw graduated (more)

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    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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 acumen helped bring growth and prosperity to the Arkansas Delta. (more)

  • 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)

  • Raye J. Montague, RPE

    Raye J. Montague, RPE is a retired internationally registered professional engineer. She earned her BS at AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). She began a career in Washington, DC with the United States Navy in 1956 and retired in 1990 after serving in numerous leadership roles during her tenure of thirty-three (more)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Judge Mifflin W. Gibbs

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was a Little Rock, Arkansas businessman, politician, and the first elected African-American municipal judge in the United States. 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 chance (more)