2015 Induction Ceremony

  • Luenell Batson
    Luenell Batson

    Luenell, who uses only her first name, was born on March 12, 1959, in Tollette, Arkansas, as Luenell Batson. She is one of eight children and was raised in Northern California where she attended Castro Valley High School. Luenell is a comedian, actor and writer who began her career in the 1990s appearing regularly on (more)

  • Eddie Reed
    Eddie Reed, M.D.

    Born in Heth, Arkansas, Dr. Eddie Reed was the tenth of eighteen children in his family. He graduated from Hughes High School in 1971, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1975. Dr. Reed went on to attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he (more)

  • Bishop D. L. Lindsey, Sr.
    Bishop D. L. Lindsey, Sr

    Bishop Donne Lee Lindsey, Sr. was born in Bluff City, Arkansas, April 17, 1924. Bishop Lindsey has been married to Irma Moore Lindsey since September 1, 1946. They have three children, Donna (Larry), DeJuana, and Donnie II (Eleanor). The Lindsey’s have four grandchildren, Valerie, Donnie III, Warren and Nia, two great-grandchildren, Lindsey (deceased) and Kayla. (more)

  • Dr. Mildred Barnes Griggs
    Dr. Mildred Barnes Griggs, Esquire

    Dr. Mildred Barnes Griggs is professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She is a native of Marianna, Arkansas, and completed her undergraduate degree at Arkansas A.M. & N. in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in May of 1963. She earned her graduate degrees from the University of Illinois in 1967 and 1970 (more)

  • Cortez Kennedy
    Cortez Kennedy

    Cortez Kennedy was born on August 23, 1968, in Osceola, Arkansas, but grew up in Wilson, Arkansas. After graduating from Rivercrest High School in Wilson, where he helped lead his team to the 3-A State Championship in 1985, Kennedy attended Northwest Mississippi Community College. He then won a football scholarship to the University of Miami (more)

  • C. Michael Tidwell
    C. Michael Tidwell

    C. Michael Tidwell, a Little Rock native, is a jewel, not only within the black community, but to all the people of central Arkansas and the state. He has devoted a continuance of time and effort, both professionally and personally, to develop and promote artistic excellence in our great state through the art of dance. (more)