1995 Induction Ceremony

  • Dr. Joycelyn Elders

    Although she has been sharply criticized for her outspokenness as well as her stance on such sensitive issues as sex education and abortion, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, M.D., has proven a human study in courage, fortitude and tenacity. A native of Schaal, Arkansas, Dr. Elders is the oldest of eight children. Now a Pediatric Endocrinologist, she (more)

  • Hubert “Geese” Ausbie

    When Hurbert “Geese” Ausbie steps into a room or on a stage, electricity fills the air. The former Harlem Globetrotter seems to be larger than life as he begins his program with the sound of basketballs bouncing to an offbeat cadence. Excitement soars as school kids burst into applause. “It’s Geese Ausbie” — all 6-feet, (more)

  • Lt. Col. Woodrow W Crockett

    As the proud story of the Tuskegee airmen comes to light, it is only fitting that Arkansas honor one of its own distinguished African-American fliers. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Woodrow W. Crockett. The glorious path taken by this heavily decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict has already culminated in his October 1992 (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)

  • 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)

  • Ethel & James Kerney

    The lives of Ethel and James Kearney have been described as truly amazing. Their story as struggling sharecroppers, is one that has captured the essence of the American spirit.  The Kearneys’ greatest legacy and most selfless contribution to state and county is their 18 children, who serve as mentors for youth throughout America. (more)