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List of Honorees beginning with the letter "S"

  • Pharaoh Sanders

    Internationally Renowned Jazz Musician One of the greatest jazz impresarios of our time, Pharaoh Sanders, was born Ferrell Sanders on October 13, 1940 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Born into a musical family, he learned to play the saxophone as youngster and honed his skills performing behind 1950s headliners in the R&B clubs on Little Rock’s (more)

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    Lottie H Shackleford

    Lottie Shackelford, Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, has served as a local, state and national political official for the past twenty years. Ms. Shackelford’s career as a local elected official began in 1978 as a member of the Board of Directors for the city of Little Rock, Arkansas. She was re-elected, city-wide, three (more)

  • Henry Shead

    Born in Fordyce but raised in Little Rock, Henry Shead was one of five children of a reverend. At the tender age of six, Henry was introduced to the keyboards by his mother who immediately recognized his natural talent. Henry’s mother saw to it that her son had piano lessons while his father’s church provided (more)

  • Rodney Slater

    From the humble town of Marianna, Arkansas ” said to be one of the poorest areas in America ” rose a man who “dared to dream.” Rodney B. Slater’s dreams have taken him all the way from that humble town to Washington, D.C., where he now serves as the Secretary of Transportation. He is only (more)

  • The Honorable Lavenski R. Smith

    Lavenski R Smith was born and raised in Hope, Arkansas Born October 31, 1958; he is the son of Cayce B (deceased) and Olee M Smith After graduating from Hope High School in 1977, he enrolled in the University of Arkansas where he received a bachelors degree in 1981 He obtained his law degree from (more)

  • O. C. Smith

    The life of O. C. Smith, according to one biography, ‘has had the flow and tempo of a hit song that finds its audience and never lets go.” His million-seller song “Little Green Apples” won a Grammy nomination. Smith also is known for the hits “Hickory Holler’s Tramp” and “Daddy;’s Little Man,” and is remembered (more)

  • Mr. Shaffer Chimere Smith

    Heroes are individuals who see needs and meet them. Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, a native of Moscow, Arkansas (a small community south of Pine Bluff) is one such individual. She recognized that economically deprived women needed access to quality healthcare. This hero put her training and education in Public Health (BA and MA from the University of (more)

  • Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

    Film, theater, television, radio, and one-woman performances have made Phyllis Yvonne Stickney- actress, comedian, lecturer, writer, dancer, choreographer and Little Rock native—a standout far beyond the scope of the black community. Born in Little Rock, Stickney was raised in the various US cities to which her father, a YMCA executive, was transferred. However, she settled (more)

  • William Grant Still

    Long known as the “Dean of American Negro Composers”, as well as one of America’s foremost composers, Dr. William Grant Still was a legend in his own lifetime. Dr. Still, who wrote more than 150 compositions ranging from operas to arrangements of folk themes, is best known as a pioneer. He was the first African-American (more)

  • John H Stroger Jr

    Distinguished Civil and Political Leader A committed public servant, leader, volunteer and family man, John H. Stroger Jr. is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the residents of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois. In 1994 he became the first African-American president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and was re-elected to (more)

  • John Stubblefield

    Tenor saxophonist John Stubblefield ranks among the most powerful and innovative soloists of the post-Coltrane generation, collaborating with modern jazz and avant-garde giants which included Charles Mingus, whose big band Stubblefield later spearheaded. Born February 4, 1945, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Stubblefield first studied the piano, but moved to saxophone as a teen. The product (more)

  • Lencola Sullivan

    Lencola Sullivan made history by breaking through the color barrier within the Miss American Pageant. Sullivan became the first African-American to win every competition she ever entered. Her first foray into pageants was in 1977 when she represented her hometown of Morrilton. She won the title of Miss Morrilton in 1977 and Miss University of (more)

  • Lieutenant Colonel Yolonda R. Summons

    Yolonda Summons hails from Little Rock, Arkansas. Graduating from Little Rock McClellan High School she earned a full basketball scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and being commissioned as a US Army Officer in May of 1992, Yolonda entered active duty in the (more)

  • Ozell Sutton

    To those who know him as a professional the name Ozell Sutton has come to be synonymous with integrity, determination and trailblazing. His greatest accomplishments have been in the area of civil rights. Mr. Sutton was decoy for the Little Rock Nine, diverting the vehement anger of the mob that gathered to keep nine black (more)

  • 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. In 1969, Cynthia was the first African American to enter the all-white Miss El Dorado Pageant and won second place. (more)