Honorees and selected guests of the 24th annual Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony were greeted by Susan and Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a VIP reception held at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion just prior to the Oct. 29 black-tie gala.
Said guests then descended to the mansion's Grand Hall, where they lined up to meet retired U.S. Ambassador June Carter-Perry; broadcast executive Gregory A. Davis Sr.; Miriam Hall Horton, representing entrepreneurs Estella and Knoxie Hall and the Hall family; former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Mays Sr.; jazz singer Cynthia M. Scott; Dr. Verna Gibbs, representing the late Judge Mifflin W. Gibbs; Charles Stewart, event chairman; and Tim Scott, honorary co-chairman. Light hors d'oeuvres and libations were served.
Honorees and their escorts were later driven by chauffeured limousine to the Statehouse Convention Center, where the main event took place in the Wally Allen Ballroom. Ke'Sha Lopez, Little Rock native and weekend anchor for KWTX in Waco, Texas, was master of ceremonies for an evening highlighted by the awards to the honorees, introduced by Stewart. Chad Douglass Perry presented his mother, Carter-Perry, with her award, while Tim Scott presented Davis with his award. Other presenters were Vicki Gonterman (Gibbs), Knoxie Hall III (Hall family), Michelle Revere (Mays) and David Washington II (Cynthia Scott).
The evening included fine dining, greetings by Hutchinson, a spoken-word presentation by poet Ron McAdoo, an artist's renderings of the honorees, a Prince tribute performance by the Tidwell Project dance troupe and a performance by Cynthia Scott. Also featured was a video showcasing some of the nonprofit recipients of grants given by the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation, which helps provide financial assistance to improve education, youth development and health/wellness in black and other underserved populations in Arkansas.
The event drew $152,000 for those grants, Stewart said.
High Profile on 11/06/2016