2018 Humanitarian Awardees

Ms. Rhonda Aaron

Rhonda Aaron founded the nonprofit Sister Friends United (SFU) in 2007 to support, uplift, and empower women to better serve the community. For over 10 years, she and her organization have helped women in Arkansas through many workshops, conferences, and networking luncheons on topics from financial management to health and fitness,  and awarded 25 scholarships to help young women fulfill their dream of a college education.

Dr. Glenn B. Anderson

Dr. Glenn B. Anderson has attained an array of ground-breaking achievements that have benefited many people, with and without disabilities, including many pioneering firsts as a deaf African American, including the first African American alumnus of Gallaudet to earn a doctoral degree (New York University, 1982), the first African American deaf person to be appointed as a Gallaudet trustee (1989), and the first deaf person hired by Michigan Rehabilitation Services to work as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor (1970).

Mr. Sherman Tate

Sherman Tate has an impressive record of “firsts” in his long career in business and government in Arkansas. He was the first personnel director and employee of color at the state’s Legislative Council, the first person of color to head the state’s Office of Personnel Management, and the first person of color to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan for the Arkansas Louisiana (Arkla) Gas Company, and many more. Tate rose to each challenge and broke down one barrier after another by simply being the best at whatever he chose to do.

Dr. Robert E. Johnston

Born September 11, 1940, Dr. Robert E. Johnston died on September 20, 2017, while jogging. It is our privilege to recognize his remarkable life of dedication to the work of justice and equality with our first posthumous Humanitarian Award, with our respect and condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones, and to everyone whose life he touched through his tireless activism.

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