The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame will host its annual induction ceremony Saturday, October 19, 2013. The gala begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 in the Wally Hall Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.
The gala represents the official presentation of the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (ABHOF). Six outstanding native Arkansans will be honored for their remarkable professional and civic achievements. “We are excited to once again honor men and women who have made a positive impact in their communities, their professional arenas, and the state of Arkansas,” said Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (ABHOF) Chairman, Charles Stewart. “These progressive citizens embody the character that is necessary to move society forward. Their hard work and contributions to community and culture deserve recognition, and we are proud to honor these inductees.”
The 2013 Inductees are as follows:
* Raye Jean Montague – Internationally Recognized Engineer and Graphic Designer and creator of the first computer-generated draft of a U.S. naval ship
* Gerald Alley – CEO and President of Con-Real Construction
* Chief Master Richard Anderson – Honored Martial Arts Master, Teacher and founder of Anderson’s Taekwondo
* Morris Hayes – Music Director for Prince’s New Power Generation Band
* Art Porter, Jr. (Posthumous) – Renowned Recording Artist and performer
* Willie Roaf – 11-time Pro Bowler & 3-time First-Team All-Pro, Member of the 2012 class of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs)
The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Ceremony is the premier fundraiser of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation. The foundation aims to provide grants to other charitable endeavors in the Black community in the areas of youth development, health and wellness, education, and business/economic development. Since 2004, the foundation has invested more than $300,000 in black and other underserved communities in Arkansas. These grants have benefited communities in 45 counties across the state. For more information about the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, or if you have questions about this event, please visit www.arblackhalloffame.org.