2007 Induction Ceremony

  • 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)

  • Judge L. Clifford Davis

    Judge L. Clifford Davis was born in Wilton, Arkansas (Red River County) in 1924. Since there were no Black high schools in Red River County, he moved to Little Rock with his older siblings to attend school at Dunbar High School. After graduating in 1945, Judge Davis wanted to be a train engineer until he (more)

  • Milton Crenchaw

    Milton Crenchaw was born and raised in Little rock, Arkansas in 1919. He is the son of the former preacher and community leader, Reverend Joseph C. Crenchaw who died in the late 1950s at the age of 95. In 1941, Mr. Crenchaw was one of the original Flight Instructors for the Tuskegee flight experiment and (more)

  • The Little Rock Nine

    The Little Rock Nine were a group pf African-American students who enrolled in the Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The ensuing Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, and then attended after the intervention of President Dwight Eisenhower, was (more)

  • Willie Davis

    The first defensive lineman to combine size with devastating speed, Willie Davis made his mark as a stalwart on the dominant Packers’ teams of the 1960s. Willie Davis loved football and was a star at Booker T. Washington High School in Texarkana, Arkansas. While playing, he never told his mother that he was on the (more)

  • Sheryl Underwood

    Comedian Sheryl Underwood was born October 28, 1963 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her career began in 1989 when she became the Miller Lite Comedy Search’s first female finalist. (more)