The first defensive lineman to combine size with devastating speed, Willie Davis made his mark as a stalwart on the dominant Packers' teams of the 1960s.
Willie Davis loved football and was a star at Booker T. Washington High School in Texarkana, Arkansas. While playing, he never told his mother that he was on the football team until his third week of his season when he came home late from a game. Little did they know his football career would lead him to great success.
It was a hard career start for Davis. A two-year stint in the Army and the Cleveland Browns' indecision on where to ...(more)
The Little Rock Nine were a group pf African-American students who enrolled in the Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The ensuing Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, and then attended after the intervention of President Dwight Eisenhower, was an important event in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Several segregationist "citizens" councils" threatened to hold protests at Central High and physically block and black students from entering the school. In response, Gove...(more)
Comedian Sheryl Underwood was born October 28, 1963 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her career began in 1989 when she became the Miller Lite Comedy Search's first female finalist.
She kicked off the 14th Season of Black Entertainment Television's Comic View in which she became the first-ever solo female host in Comic View's history. BET viewers voiced their preference for Sheryl as their favorite comic by logging onto BET.com and voting her the winner of the BET Comedy Awards Dodge Platinum Mic Stand-Up Award.
Sheryl is radio friendly in all formats: urban, country, rock and adult contemporary...(more)
Milton Crenchaw was born and raised in Little rock, Arkansas in 1919. He is the son of the former preacher and community leader, Reverend Joseph C. Crenchaw who died in the late 1950s at the age of 95.
In 1941, Mr. Crenchaw was one of the original Flight Instructors for the Tuskegee flight experiment and is acknowledged as one of only eight Arkansas registered as a Tuskegee Airmen. He became the first African American from Arkansas to receive his pilot's license at a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect. He overcame racism and bigotry to become a Flight Instructor making him the fir...(more)
Judge L. Clifford Davis was born in Wilton, Arkansas (Red River County) in 1924. Since there were no Black high schools in Red River County, he moved to Little Rock with his older siblings to attend school at Dunbar High School. After graduating in 1945, Judge Davis wanted to be a train engineer until he saw the home of noted attorney, Scipio A. Jones. This inspired him to become a lawyer. However, Arkansas, at the time, did not have a college that accepted Blacks in the School of Law/Jurist Doctorate Program. Nevertheless, he applied to the University of Arkansas Law School. During this time,...(more)
Tenor saxophonist John Stubblefield ranks among the most powerful and innovative soloists of the post-Coltrane generation, collaborating with modern jazz and avant-garde giants which included Charles Mingus, whose big band Stubblefield later spearheaded. Born February 4, 1945, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Stubblefield first studied the piano, but moved to saxophone as a teen. The product of a strictly segregated African-American neighborhood, he absorbed the music of the itinerant blues and gospel performers moving in and out of his environment.
At the age of 17, Stubblefield joined local R&B ...(more)