2010 Induction Ceremony

  • Brig. General William Johnson High Ranking Military Leader

    Brigadier General William J. Johnson, a native son of Arkansas, has served in the Arkansas National Guard for more than 30 years. On January 1, 2008, Brigadier General William Johnson assumed duties as Deputy Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard. As the Deputy Adjutant General, he serves as the full-time chief advisor and principal assistant to (more)

  • Honorable Timothy C. Evans Noted Jurist and Judicial Leader

    Timothy C. Evans serves as the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the largest of the 22 judicial circuits in Illinois and also one of the largest unified court systems in the world. He is a 1965 graduate of the University of Illinois and received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law (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)

  • Reece “Goose” Tatum

    Goose Tatum was born in Calion, Arkansas, on May 3, 1921. He attended El Dorado High School in El Dorado, Arkansas. Goose was discovered by Abe Saperstein, owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, in 1941 at a Negro League Baseball game. Saperstein was the scout who signed Satchel Paige to a contract in Cleveland. Goose was (more)

  • ReShonda Tate Billingsley Award Winning Author/ Journalist

    Growing up in Smackover and El Dorado, Arkansas, National Bestselling Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley spent her days making up stories (her mother used to call it lying). Little did her family know that active imagination would lead to a prosperous and successful literary career; and today, she is considered one of the top Inspirational Fiction (more)

  • Annie M. Abrams

    Annie M. Abrams was born September 25, 1931 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Because of limited educational opportunities for African-Americans in this small rural town she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she finished Dunbar High School, Dunbar Junior College, and Philander Smith College. Her years of grassroots level activism and civic connections with historical personalities from (more)