2011 Induction Ceremony

  • Abraham Carpenter, Sr and Family

    In the Natural State, only one name is synonymous with first-class produce. The Carpenter family has provided Arkansas-grown produce and unrivaled customer service to Arkansans for more than 40 years. Carpenter’s Produce is a vision realized by Abraham (Sr.) and Katie Carpenter. It started as an experiment. Mrs. Carpenter planted a one-acre plot on the (more)

  • Derek Fisher

    It has been said that success is the union of preparation and opportunity. If we accept this adage, then Derek Fisher is the epitome of success. Fisher, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, has gained national recognition as the starting point guard for five-time NBA champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.  Fisher is a graduate of (more)

  • Dr. Robert Lee Williams

    For some, barriers only give rise to means that move them past obstacles and onto the pathway to success. Dr. Robert Lee Williams chose to push through the racial, cultural, and social barriers that existed in the early twentieth century, to become one of the most respected thinkers of our time. He used education to (more)

  • Joseph “Joe” Jackson

    Fountain Hill, Arkansas is a small town northeast of El Dorado. According to the 2010 census, signs located at the town’s border would read “Fountain Hill: Population 68.” But this small town is home to one of music’s biggest personalities.  Joseph “Joe” Walter Jackson was born in Fountain Hill on July 26, 1929. He is (more)

  • Kathryn Hall-Trujillo

    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)

  • Leo “Jocko” Louis Carter

    There is always a pioneer needed to conquer the landscape of new territories. Leo Louis Carter, or “Jocko” as he was known to his friends and listeners, was that pioneer in the field of urban radio. One of the first radio announcers for KOKY 1440 AM, the first station in Arkansas designed for the culture (more)