2012 Induction Ceremony

  • Dr. Charles E. Phillips, Jr.

    Charles Phillips, who was born in 1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas, is Chief Executive Officer of Infor, the third largest business software company in the world. Infor has 13,000 employees in 164 countries with $3 billion in revenue and 700,000 customers and is headquartered in Silicon Alley in New York City. Prior to Infor, Phillips (more)

  • Jerry T. Hodges, Jr

    Jerry T. Hodges, Jr. was born in Memphis, Tennessee but shortly after his birth, his mother returned with Jerry to Hughes, Arkansas to the family farm. His family lost their farms during the depression years, whereupon his father moved the family to a farm in Heth, Arkansas. His father later purchased an 80-acre wooded farm (more)

  • Lenny Williams

    “Lenny” Williams possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. With his rich, passionate vocal style, he is rightfully regarded as one of R & B’s most influential soul men. Leonard Charles “Lenny” Williams was born February 16, 1945 in Little Rock, Arkansas. At a young age he moved to Oakland, California. His (more)

  • Lieutenant Colonel Yolonda R. Summons

    Yolonda Summons hails from Little Rock, Arkansas. Graduating from Little Rock McClellan High School she earned a full basketball scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and being commissioned as a US Army Officer in May of 1992, Yolonda entered active duty in the (more)

  • Pearlie S. Reed

    Pearlie S. Reed was born on June 14, 1948 in Heth, Arkansas. Reed graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a degree in Animal Husbandry and received a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the American University, Washington, D.C. Pearlie Reed was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary for Administration in the (more)

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born as Rosetta Nubin on March 20, 1915, in Cotton Plant, Arkansas. Tharpe’s mother, Katie Bell Nubin, was a singer, mandolin player and evangelist preacher for the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). At the encouragement of her mother,Tharpe began singing and playing the guitar at the age of four. She (more)