To those who know him as a professional the name Ozell Sutton has come to be synonymous with integrity, determination and trailblazing. His greatest accomplishments have been in the area of civil rights.
Mr. Sutton was decoy for the Little Rock Nine, diverting the vehement anger of the mob that gathered to keep nine black children from entering Central High away from the students onto himself. He was with Dr. Martin Luther King the day he was assassinated in Memphis. You'll find his face in pictures of the crowds that marched in Selma and Birmingham.
Mr. Sutton says his most difficult ch...(more)
Amina Claudine Myers is a triple-treat artist: composer, multi-keyboardist and vocalist. But she meshes that triple treat into a singular forum on her unique sound.
From dusty-road country blues and soulful organ funk to shimmering tone poems and street-smart urban R&B - the result is the spontaneity and intimacy of jazz with the balance and high-impact intensity of pop music. While many musicians measure their success by the chart position of their latest work, Ms. Myers measures her success by her abiding faith in God.
Raised in Blackwell, Arkansas, Ms. Myers has been a musician since ...(more)
It seems that Sidney Moncrief has always been around. Whether as a high school athlete, a professional athlete or as the owner of a car dealership, who appeared in his own commercials, Sidney has been a fixture in our lives for nearly three decades.
In that time, Mr. Moncrief has brought fame to our state as a humanitarian as well. His many contributions in the areas of human relations and community service improvements have earned him recognition from the Arkansas Walk of Fame, the National Conference of Christians and Jews - now known as the National Conference for Community and Justic...(more)
The Late Mahlon Martin once said, "What's scary is when you're first AND the last." Mr. Martin was speaking of his life experience as the First Black person to hold various positions of authority in state government and in the private sector. Mr. Martin was a first in many instances. As City Manager of Little Rock in 1980, he was the first black to manage Arkansas' largest city. And he was one of the youngest people to lead a major city in the United States. In his position, Martin administered an annual budget exceeding 32 million and directed more than 1,300 employees.
Mr. Martin left ...(more)
You might not recognize his name, but his work might be familiar to you. Henri Linton's artistic talents are on display for the world to see at corporations across the country. His paintings decorate the walls of hospitals, banks, colleges, universities, and airports.
Mr. Linton is currently the Professor and chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He began his career at UAPB as an instructor in 1969. In that time he has captured the history of the school with photographs and various documents that tell the stories of the school's beginnings in 1973...(more)
Dr. Granville Coggs has set and achieved tremendous goals in his life... .as both a four star general an the battle against breast cancer and as an outstanding athlete. His current goal is to be around long enough to win the gold medal in the over 100 age group at the 2025 Senior Olympics in San Antonio, where he currently lives.
Dr. Coggs is a 1942 graduate of Dunbar High School. After serving three years in the United States Army Air Corps as a Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Coggs attended the University of Nebraska where he was elected to three honor societies - among them Phi Beta Kappa and Phi L...(more)