2002 Induction Ceremony

  • 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)

  • Dr. Edith Irby Jones

    Attending integrated classes, but dining in a segregated area of the campus cafeteria, Dr. Edith Irby Jones, in 1952, became the first African-American to graduate from the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In fact, she was the first black admitted to a white medical school, south of the Mason-Dixon (more)

  • Faye Clarke

    Born Aug. 6, 1931 in Pine Bluff, Ark., Faye Clarke was the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Business School. But that isn’t her biggest significant accomplishment. That accomplishment has its roots in her shock and dismay at the abject poverty Ms. Clarke saw in schools during her trips though the South on behalf (more)

  • William Jefferson Clinton

    42nd President of the United States Founder, William Jefferson Clinton Foundation; Co-Chair with Nelson Mandela, International AIDS Trust; Co-Chair with Senator Robert Dole, Families of Freedom Fund; President of the United States 1993-2001; Governor of Arkansas 1979-1981,1983-1992. William Jefferson Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992, and again in 1996-the first Democratic (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)

  • 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)