2009 Induction Ceremony

  • Bishop Charles E. Blake

    Bishop Charles E. Blake serves as presiding Bishop of the 6 million member Church of God in Christ, one of our nation’s largest denominations. He also serves the Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Jurisdiction of Southern California comprised of more than 250 churches. Bishop Blake is the pastor of West Angeles Church of God in (more)

  • Delores Handy-Brown

    Delores Handy-Brown was born April 7, 1947 in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended the Little Rock public Schools.  She is now a broadcast journalist and news anchor at WNUR, National Public Radio’s Boston station.  She is fill-in-in host of Boston University World of Ideas, a weekly one-hour show in which University faculty and the Boston (more)

  • Dr. Erma Gasco Davis, PH. D.

    Erma Glasco Davis was born in Keo, Arkansas and was reared in south central Little Rock, also known as the South End.  She is a product of the Little Rock Public School System, graduating from Dunbar High School in May, 1945.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from AM&N college, Pine bluff, Arkansas (now (more)

  • Dr. Samuel Williams

    Samuel W. Williams, PHD. Was born in Sparkman, Arkansas but spent most of his formative years in Dermott, Arkansas.  His love of God, quest for knowledge and love for his fellow man, particularly those less fortunate, propelled him to life’s stage as a scholar, religious, civic and civil rights advisor. Dr. Williams obtained degrees from (more)

  • James E. K. Hildreth, PH.D, MD First Arkansas African American Rhodes Scholar, Noted Scientist

    James E. K. Hildreth, M.D. is Director of the Center for AIDA Health Disparities Research, a National Institutes of Health funded center at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Hildreth was born and raised in Camden, Arkansas. He gradated valedictorian from Camden High School in 1975 and began studies at Harvard University that fall. (more)

  • W.R. Smokie Norful, Jr. Grammy Award-Winning Gospel Recording Artist

    Pastor Smokie Norful, a minister who is the son of an African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) minister, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He grew up in Pine Bluff, and was deeply involved in his fathers church. He was interested in music from a very young age, reportedly picking out one-finger piano melodies at age (more)