US Representative Danny K Davis (D-Ill.) has been described as ?a public servant, a true public-interested elected official." Congressman Davis was born in Parkdale Arkansas, on September 6, 1941, and grew up in the state. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas AM&N College, he made his home on Chicago's west side. He went on to earn a master's degree from Chicago State University and the Union Institute in Cincinnati.
Before seeking public office, Congressman Dais served as an educator, community organizer, health planner/administrator and civil rights advocate. He has serve...(more)
On his second jump at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain track-and-field athlete Mike Conley broke the Olympic Games record with a leap of 57 feet, 10 1/2 inches. But that wasn?t his best move. On his last attempt, he leaped into Olympic history with a jump of 59 feet, 7 1/4 inches. Conley won the gold medal.
For the fourth time in his career, Mr. Conley was named the No. 1 triple jumper in the world. No other athlete had achieved more than two world rankings in this event. Indeed, Mr. Conley holds the distinction of the world's greatest combination jumper of all time.
Courageous, committed and loving are just three of the many positive adjectives that would aptly describe the late Wiley Austin Branton-----Whose name, like that of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, is firmly encased in the annals of civil-rights history. Mr. Branton was born in Pine Bluff on December 13, 1923, to Leo and Pauline Wiley Branton. He attended Pine Bluff?s Missouri Street School and Merrill High School and prepared for his career at Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) and the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville. He was the fourth bl...(more)
Until her death on Saturday, September 19, 1998, Mrs. Daisy Anderson held the distinction of being one of three surviving Civil War Veteran's widows. She was the last surviving widow of a Union Veteran and an African-American Buffalo Soldier. Robert Ball Anderson, Mrs. Anderson?s husband, had been a slave in Greensburg, Kentucky, at the age of 22, he fled Greensburg and on April 22, 1865 enlisted in the 125th United States Colored Troops. On Halloween, 1867, he received the then-equivalent of an Honorable Discharge.
Daisy Graham Anderson was born December 14, 1900 in Hardin County, Tenne...(more)
Film, theater, television, radio, and one-woman performances have made Phyllis Yvonne Stickney- actress, comedian, lecturer, writer, dancer, choreographer and Little Rock native---a standout far beyond the scope of the black community. Born in Little Rock, Stickney was raised in the various US cities to which her father, a YMCA executive, was transferred. However, she settled in Harlem, where her theater work began at the Frank Silvers Workshop, and the New Heritage Theater, under the late playwright/director Robert Furman. Her theatrical performances were before sell-out crowds in the 199...(more)
Anita Pointer is the legendary Grammy Award winning lead vocalist of the world-renowned group. The Pointer Sisters, Anita scats; she sings country, R&B , rock, gospel and always leaves her audiences wanting more. Anita Pointer's roots are in Prescott, Arkansas. Anita began singing in church where her parents Reverend Elton and Reverend Sarah Pointer were pastors. Nurtured in the church ands seasoned by a life long interest in different musical flavors, she has incorporated an abundance of influences into a sound that is, exuberant, joyful, sultry, powerful, and always unforgettable. By the ear...(more)