The 20th annual induction ceremony for theÂ Arkansas Black Hall of Fame will take place Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Centerâ€™s Wally Allen Ballroom. A global business leader, Pentagon Deputy Chief of Staff and Tuskegee Airman are among this year’s honorees.
The 2012 inductees include:
Jerry T. Hodges -Â Legendary Member of the Tuskegee Airmen
Charles E. Phillips, Jr. – CEO of Infor Global Solutions
Pearlie S. Reed – Assistant Secretary of Agriculture (retired)
Lt. Col. Yolonda R. Summons – Deputy Chief of Staff, Pentagon
Sister Rosetta Tharpe -Â Iconic Music Pioneer, “Godmother of Gospel and Rock Music”Â (Posthumous)
Lennie Williams – Renowned R&B Recording Artist, Singer and Song-writer
Monies raised benefit organizations throughout Arkansas that serve the Black 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 $316,000 to organizations serving African Americans and other under served populations in Arkansas. .
For more information, go to Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.