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Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck

Annabelle Davis Imber Clinton Tuck was the first woman elected justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and, as a trial judge, wrote the original order that reshaped the financing of public education in the state. Annabelle Davis was born on July 15, 1950, in Heber Springs (Cleburne County) to Leonard W. Davis, who was an agricultural extension agent, and Anna Inez Marsh Davis, who was a schoolteacher.

Dr. Terry Richard

Dr. Terry Trevino-Richard, affectionately known as “El Guapo” (handsome), arrived in Arkansas in 1977 as a Comtian missionary sociologist to preach to educationally challenged students. Before arriving in the Natural State, he received his Ph.D. in Sociology with a minor in anthropology from North Texas University, and he also has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. From 1977 to 1981, Trevino-Richard taught at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences before moving on to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) where he retired in 2017 as Professor Emeritus with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Lottie Holt Shackelford

Lottie Holt Shackelford has made history throughout her impressive 40-plus years in local, state, and national politics. In 1987, she became the first woman elected Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas. Six years later, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), making her the first African-American woman to serve on that Board. She also has the distinction of having the longest tenure as a Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), having served for 20 years, and is currently Vice-Chair Emeritus and Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus.

Mr. Chad Griffin

As President of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, Chad Griffin has helped open new fronts in the fight for full equality. From expanding HRC’s work in the Deep South and around the globe to spearheading a renewed focus on combating HIV and AIDS to confronting the epidemic of anti-transgender violence and launching the largest voter mobilization effort in the history of the LGBTQ movement, Griffin has led HRC to new heights.

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