LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has announced its list of 2014 inductees.
The names were revealed at a Tuesday morning news conference at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, along with details about the 22nd annual induction ceremony.
2014 inductees include:
- Ricky L. Jasper - Highest-ranking African-American in the Central Intelligence Agency
- Judge Olly Neal - Civil rights activist and attorney, Arkansas’ first African-American Prosecuting Attorney, Former Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge
- Dr. Vertie Carter - Equal Employment Opportunity trailblazer
- Collette Honorable - Arkansas Public Service Commission chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee
- Bobby Rush - Multi Grammy-nominated Blues artist
- Bass Reeves (posthumously) - Former Slave, Deputy U.S. Marshal
The 22nd annual induction ceremony, which is the foundation’s major fundraiser, is Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center’s Wally Allen Ballroom. Monies raised benefit organizations throughout Arkansas that serve the African-American community in the areas of youth development, health and wellness, education and business/economic development. Since 2004, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has awarded more than $390,000 to organizations serving African Americans and other underserved populations in Arkansas. This year, 11 nonprofit organizations received a total of $25,000 in grants.
“We are proud to continue the tradition of recognizing outstanding native Arkansans as giants in their various fields of work,” Charles Stewart, Chairman of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation said.
“I congratulate all of the 2014 honorees who have each made an indelible mark on the history of our state, nation and the world. We honor their commitment to excellence, their hard work, and tenacity.”
Throughout its history, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has sought to correct the omissions of history and to remind the world that Black history is a signification part of American history. The Foundation seeks to further the impact of the annual induction ceremony by providing an environment in which future generations of African American achievers with Arkansas roots will thrive and succeed, through grants and other gifts to noteworthy organizations around the state of Arkansas.