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Arkansas Black Hall of Fame: 15th Annual Induction Ceremony

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By: Will G. Louden™

Published: January 25th, 2008


Arkansas Black Hall of Fame:

15th Annual Induction Ceremony

Published: Friday, January 25th, 2008


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              History and Heritage is where it all begins. Triumph, disaster, fortune, and failure are where it can all end. Fortunately for the lives of a select few the final chapter in their life’s work is destined for the chapter on fame! This article/report is devoted to the 15th annual Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The ceremony which was held this past October at the State House Convention Center in Little Rock was my first foray into the arena the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, and according to a press/media release:

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“Individuals inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame have achieved national or international acclaim in their chosen fields of endeavor. This year’s inductees include The Little Rock Nine (as a group), Sheryl Underwood, Willie Davis, Milton Crenchaw, Judge L. Clifford Davis and John Stubblefield (Posthumous).”

15th Annual AR Black Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

15th Annual AR Black Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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              The talents and resources of this select group of the well-connected and highly accomplished was enabled by our universe to traverse from one social stratus or lifestyle status to another all within a single lifetime. They are truly members of the Arkansas Black bourgeoisie. The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (ABHOF) is becoming

15th Annual AR Black Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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and has become one of Arkansas’ most notable community institutions that is charged with not only parlaying the hard work, perseverance, and talents of black Arkansans’ into high honor and recognition albeit, to also support the financial causes of select community based non-profit organizations via the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation. The press/media release also stated; “the Hall of Fame is a highly respected Arkansas Institution that recognizes the contributions of African Americans with Arkansas roots.”

              Founded in 1992 by Charles Stewart and Patricia Goodwin, the ABHOF annual induction ceremony plays host to not only the upper echelons of Arkansas’ high society, however it is also a place where almost anyone with the will and desire to learn more about not only their own history and heritage but also about the rich history and heritage of other prominent, outstanding and pioneering Arkansans. I have to
report to you that this year’s ceremony was nothing less than outstanding in presentation, appeal, ambiance, and production. To reach the pinnacle of success in this life one must contribute a king’s ransom and the induction ceremony held on the evening of Saturday, October 27th, 2007 was a king’s tribute.

              When I asked Stewart, “What inspired you to create the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame,” he paused a moment and responded, ...